West by West Midlands Social, Saturday 13th March 2010, Birmingham UK

WxWM 2 – Thursday 28th May: The Unagenda and other information


Being the antithesis of anything formal is a tough job, but one we adore. We’ve been approached by a few fantastic folk who are happy to get up and talk – after possibly an intriguing warm-up (hope you’re all feeling limbered up after it) our first speaker will pick up from where we left off at the original WxWM to ease us back into the spirit of rebellion.

Agenda shmagenda – we run on adrenaline and beer and not by rigid timeframes and stuffy rules, so we’re hoping to keep it all mixed up with speakers, ‘live tweeting’ of topics randomly picked from the throng (so have those questions or topics at the ready) and live cartooning from the excellent Tribune cartoonist Alex Hughes. So make sure you’re lookin’ purdy, as Alex may well capture you in your full glory!

What to bring

  • Stetson, of course (or if you can don another piece of utterly ridiculous headwear, we’ll go for that. I’m thinking feather fascinators for the boys, then ūüėÄ ). If you’re anti-hat, fear not, we’ll still let you in.
  • A means of connecting to teh internetz that won’t need to use wi-fi. We’re maxing out the broadband to broadcast the event live via Rhubarb Radio, but would love it if those who can bring their own 3G/dongle connection thingummies (phone, laptop, whatever floats your boat) would do so if they want to put the social into media!
  • Those who’ve agreed to bring equipment – please can you be there early so we can have everything set up by no later than 6.40pm. We fancy a beer before it starts!
  • Speakers – if you’ve said you’re running (or might want to run and haven’t mentioned it to us yet) a presentation, please bring whatever equipment you need. There’s a pre-installed projector and screen for speakers, and we’ve had the kind offer of additional projector/screen from Jon Bounds for Alex’s artsing.

Putting it out there

Hashtag is #wxwm if you’re tweeting about us. Follow us on Twitter @wxwm. If you can’t join us in person, use Twitterfall to set up a custom search for the #wxwm hashtag and get interacting. Want to just sit back and listen? Watch out for us publicising where to find the audio feed from Rhubarb Radio shortly – it’s the best way to keep up with the action as it happens if you’re not at the event.


We’ll start at 7pm prompt. WxWM posse will be at the Spotted Dog from about 6pm, so feel free to swing by for a cheeky beer and to muck in if you want to. Would be excellent if everyone could be in the venue by 6.50pm, so you can sneak in a beer and bag a seat. If you’re joining us later, this is fine – just pop in when you’re ready or willing.

Where are we going, again?

It’s at The Spotted Dog, Warwick Street, Digbeth (make sure you go to the one in Warwick Street, as there is another Spotted Dog in Digbeth. I found this out last night as my taxi driver took me on a magical mystery tour). Please note, food’s not served at the venue, so please ensure you are suitably fed!


Any questions? Email us or stick ’em in the comments. Otherwise, we are very much looking forward to seeing you on Thursday night. Yeee-haw!


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WxWM Schedule

2pm – 3pm Room available for set up only*

2.50-3pm Attendees – git your butts into the room, please!

3pm: WxWM commences. Intro, housekeeping and a major avoidance of line dancing. Broadcasting starts online and on Rhubarb Radio.

3.05pm Panels commence

Today’s panels are (running order may vary):

  • Jon BoundsArse poo shit widdle – swearing and the meme, why it’s big hard and clever (or other topic TBC)
  • Kasper Sorenson Understanding the Differences: Using Social Media for Professional Purposes vs Personal Pleasure. BirminghamRecycled’s Kasper Sorenson is faced with the challenge of getting journalists into the habit of thinking of social media as a public debate, rather than just a place for chatting to friends. From his experience, Kasper’s view is that most people use social media primarily to nurture existing social relations and not to create new ones. How can journalism students using social media tools be educated about the differences and encouraged to engage in more public debate via the medium?
  • Charlie PinderTake two devices into the shower? Pervasive technology: covering various context-aware tech like Bluetooth, ultra local blogging, QRcodes, GPS trails, RFID
  • Nick BoothMe and My Troll: Sharing experiences of irritating f-wits we meet online
  • Gemma Harris and Kara Crozier – Birmingham School of Media
    Blogging, Therapy & Social Inclusion
    An overview of a social engagement project being run by some first year undergrads
  • Jon Hickman – one or more of the following:
    Birmingham School of Media
    Launching the arguably first Social Media MA programme in the country
    (Jon Hickman)
    It’s not MA Blogging. It’s not MA Lolcats. It will have words in it like discourse. I won’t apologise for that. Find out what a postgraduate degree in Twitter Social Media is, or might be, and tell me what you think.
    The Two Jonnies
    We share stuff, and borrow ideas from Blue Peter
    (Jons Bounds & Hickman)
    We’ll explain what We Share Stuff is, and ask for you to pledge support for our Digital Inclusion Conference fringe event next month. What’s Blue Peter all about? We’ll bring one we¬†prepared¬†earlier to show you…
    The Brains Trust
    What the hell is a social media consultant anyway?
    (Jons Bounds & Hickman with Nick Booth)
    Last time I asked Twitter what a social media consultant was Jon Bounds called his own job title “wanky”. Find out if “Social Media Consultant” is the new “Emo” (i.e. no one wants to be described as it even if they are).
  • Nicky GetgoodA local blog for local people – doing Digbeth is Good
  • Ben WhitehouseOnce upon a time: telling stories online
  • Andy MabbettWeb accessibility (TBC)
  • Antonio RobertsA short introduction to hacking. What it is, what it isn’t and tools available to make you a really creative hacker.

5.00pm Break. Food for those who pre-order it (we’ll get your food orders at the beginning of the afternoon)

5.25-30pm Panels recommence

6.20pm Break and prep for live link. Anyone who’s¬†accrued a penalty¬†at this point may be required to line dance.

6.30pm Live link to SXSW in Texas! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (If it works)

6.50pm-8pm Panels. Overflow from previous panels/ chill out/ network/ banter

* People required from 2pm:

  • Shona McQuillan. Check it out – I have to remind myself of this by scheduling myself.
  • Mark Steadman /Rhubarb Radio
  • Jaki Booth (Julia and Nat Higginbotham as back up, if possible – but no need to hurry)
  • Panel hosts who need to set up their equipment prior to the proceedings
  • Dolly Parton. Ok, well not really.

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