Sam Brown

Build Conference - My experience graph

November 5th was spent at Build Conference hosted in Belfast at the Waterfront Studio created by a one-man epic event making machine Andy (Good) McMillan. Andy has been organising many events for the web community, but Build was his biggest undertaking and he absolutely over-delivered in every aspect – this was especially evident when he got a standing ovation at the end of the conference day.

Build Conference

Building a better web is absolutely what I took away from the event, each of the six speakers were engaging and informative and the day continued to get better and better, my experience graph represents what I feel I took away from each of the fantastic presentations.

Sam Brown

Photo by Paddy Donnelly

Build was more than just a conference as there were a host of fringe events from an Objectified screening and an evening with Airside to a Flickr meetup and plenty of social outings for dinner and drinks.

Design by Front have written a great Build Conference Recap which describes each of the individual presentations during the day, Build was featured on Wired, BBC and was even given a unique Gowalla badge.

I spoke to so many awesome people in Belfast including: Andy McMillan Tim Van Damme Eric Meyer Andy Budd David Parsons Jason Cale Mark Boulton Chris & Nic – The Standardistas Inayaili de León Jack Osborne Maykel Loomans Si Jobling Trevor Morris Ryan Sims Wilson Miner Eamonn Murphy Sean Delaney Paddy Donnelly Lee Munroe & Nik Fletcher to name but a few.

Ultimate web geek breakfast

Ultimate web geek breakfast
Photo by David Parsons

Other highlights included:

  • Guinness. Enough said.
  • Sneaking into the Standardistas workshop in the afternoon with Andy McMillan.
  • Tim doing a fantastic Steve Ballmer impression to kick off the day.
  • Getting called a jackass by Tim during his presentation.
  • Getting a fake moustache from David Parsons for Movember. Cheeky bastard.
  • Gowalla spot creation racing.
  • Brief Trip around the Ulster Museum.
  • Getting delayed by 2 hours on the way home. Oh wait, not a highlight.

I thouroughly enjoyed Build Conference though, I took so much away from the day itself and the many discussions I had with some really great people who are so excited about this industry we are in. Andy put on hands-down the best web event I have attended and others such as FOWD and @media will really have to sit up and take notice as there is a big new player in town. I’m looking forward to the 2010 event already, you should be too.

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Paddy 8 November 2009, 01:18 #1

I couldn’t agree more Sam. It was a fantastic event, every aspect was just perfect. Was great to finally meet you! Looking forward to the next one… :)

Andy 8 November 2009, 01:23 #2

Thanks so much for the kind words Sam, was amazing to see you again! Let’s get the gang back together for antics soon!

Lee Munroe 8 November 2009, 01:48 #3

Loving your experience graph Sam. That was have been a really horrible breakfast you had ;-)

Christopher Murphy 8 November 2009, 03:43 #4

100% agreed. Andy deserves a well-earned round of applause for pulling off a mighty achievement. We’ve been building up a head of steam in Belfast for some time now and Build really felt like the icing on a very big cake.

It was a real pleasure to meet you, and Nik and I were delighted you’d enjoyed the little chunk of our workshop you sneaked in to. We’ll be sure and smuggle you in from the word go for the next one. Looking forward to meeting you again in future down the line, no doubt our paths will cross soon.

Spencer Fry 8 November 2009, 07:05 #5

Sounds like an amazing conference. I love Tim’s Ballmer impression. Epic!

Elliot Jay Stocks 8 November 2009, 08:23 #6

As if I wasn’t already absolutely gutted that I couldn’t make it!

Yaili 8 November 2009, 09:00 #7

Loving the experience graph!

I’m still amazed at how fabulous the whole event was, and it was great meeting you too, Sam.

Jack Osborne 8 November 2009, 12:59 #8

Totally loved Thursday, a great conference full of great people. Andy done a great job pulling this together and I’m already counting down the days until next years event.

Sean Delaney 9 November 2009, 01:03 #9

I have the same opinion with everyone that it was a great event! A bit gutted I couldn’t make it workshops though.

I was looking forward to seeing your Build experience graph following your dConstruct 2009 and FOWD Tour Glasgow graphs.

It was good to finally meet you in person and hopefully catch up with you again at the next event!

Jason Cale 11 November 2009, 01:43 #10

Couldn’t agree more .. was superb, and I had a great time hanging with you again .. I won’t leave it 2 years next time :)

Si Jobling 16 November 2009, 16:21 #11

Another excellent write up from the day. I would feel motivated to sort something out myself but I don’t think I could add any more after reading yours, Yaili’s and Miek D’s.

As for your mood low at breakfast, I’m insulted. Were we really that bad company?

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Sam Brown co-founded Iterate, and was previously VP of Design at Foursquare. Based in NYC.