7: Joel Hughes

64446652b9c4f2c1dcaab1b6cb9a1baeThis week I have on the show with me Joel Hughes who I saw speaking at last year’s Shropgeek Revolution.

Joel runs Port 80 events in Newport, South Wales, comprising of a large show once a year called Port 80 as well as 3 quarterly smaller grass-roots events called Localhost (see what he did there?). Joel is also running a new format conference this year called the The Business of Web Design on the 18th July in Cardiff.

Not a lot of tech in this episode, we focus in on the business side of things.

  • I get my weekly chance to plug OneNote and the new dev features and then we touch briefly on productivity. Joel uses aspects of the Pomodoro technique and I mention ZTD, which is a really nice wrapper for GTD
  • We discuss Joel’s earlier Y2K work on IBM mainframes as well as the fact that Joel is considering expanding his business  later this year
  • There a good chunk of time spent on running a conference, how much work it is and also how to get your talk submission recognised.
  • I bring up weareallaweso.me a really useful looking resource for anyone looking to do more conference talking from @theophani

Joel is @Joel_Hughes on that twitter and you can see the sort of things he’s working on via his website. Don’t forget there’s also the conference links above where tickets are still available.

I’m Darren Beale and if you’d like to get in touch please do so via @backendy or email foo@backendy.com.

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