Last night went really well. A nice little group of folks with a variety of backgrounds, enjoying wine and geeking out just a little bit.
The event was held at Adobe’s behest and on its dollar. Thanks Tim Brook, European AR guru! Last night was a very good engagement platform.
Ben Watson, Group Manager for Enterprise Developer Relations at Adobe, really gets it. I am happy because I am pretty sure the Adobe RedMonk relationship is now set for lift off. We can definitely help with developer community issues. Ben hasn’t even met our smart people yet. Ben is the future of Adobe, because developer community outreach is the single most important task for the merged Adobe Macromedia company. Ben used to be at Microsoft and his take on developers and APIs shows deep experience. Most importantly Ben reall understands the importance of wicked demos.
It was great to meet Tink and Roo and Pieter and Derek and Rob, and hook up with Microsoft’s Peter Bell in a less corporate environment than usual. Darren of eightbar wrote the evening up here. Lets not forget Richard Veryard, another man with more blogs you can shake a stick at.
The eightbar chaps are from Hursley’s emerging technologies group. They get to do weird stuff like automate lego and program to second life APIs.
As usual Bedales was good value and Emily looked after us very well. The thing about Bedales is you can choose any wine, whether its seven quid or 500 quid, and just pay a fiver corkage. I am going to have to set set Emily up a blog though, because the Spitalfields Bedales really needs it own web presence. The leathery 1982 Chateneuf de Pape was definitely a highlight.
The evening may lead to interesting outcomes – such as, potentially some new directions and opportunities for the IBM Adobe relationship.
Reactions were so positive from everyone I am thinking about making the meetup a regular event. Any vendors interested in sponsoring a really good night out should let me know… will organise cool people for wine.
Peace out- have a great long weekend.