See you at Web Directions, maybe you'll come home with us

The speed at which the internet moves and shakes is no surprise to those of us who develop and design its experience everyday.

This last year has seen innovations and mind shifts in the way we craft and think about the web,  HTML 5, CSS 3 and the prophetic rise of mobile. Last years Web Directions @media conference in London covered these topics and many more.

So it's with some excitement that we'll be heading down to London tomorrow for Web Directions @media 2011, which brings together the web industry's leading experts from around the world to educate and inspire us.

There's much to look forward to, with 2 clear tracks to the programme for design and development and a ship load of respected speakers. If last year was the year of HTML 5, CSS 3 and IE9, then this years focus seems inevitably to be mobile design and development, plus the expected continuation of UX, HTML 5 and CSS3.

I'm personally looking forward to Brian Fling's 'Six rules to designing amazing mobile apps' and Brian Suda's 'Visualising Data', whilst it's always refreshing and very engaging to catch Relly Annett-Baker speak, who'll be hitting us (and possibly some kittens) with 'What people want from mobile content'.

As "Jadu has become the de facto CMS for university and government websites" (cheeky quote from .net magazine), we'll be particularly interested in Paul Annett's lunchtime presentation on Alpha.gov.uk. If you work in a Government web team, you really should check it out if you haven't already. We're very interested in this prototype which aims to save 50% of the £128 million our Government spends per year on web publishing (the PM really ought to come and see Jadu again to thwart that crazy figure).

Understanding the journey of how the Apha.gov team got to where they are now and the issues they faced may teach us something, as I'm sure we'll empathise with their experience. Hopefully we'll find out what's next for Paul's team and the project, plus hopefully see any data on success they have.

The mix of talented people attending pays tribute to the success of Web Directions and the talent the UK has. Five talented folks from Jadu will be there to enjoy and take part.

As Jadu are looking to hire 2 more talented internet making folks, to find 2 people looking for an audacious new challenge, maybe we'll meet them there and bring them home with us. If you're attending and think you're interested, come track me down and say hello.

Keep your ear to the nest with the hash tag #wdx and #JaduCMS.

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