I had a great time on Tuesday 17th November with a five minute talk on “Serendipity” at Jeff Pulver’s 140 Character Conference at London’s O2.
Here is an AudioBoo of the speech: Listen!
The speech went down really well, I received some lovely tweets about it and spent the rest of the day talking to as many folks as possible.
Then Jeff offered me a slot at the Tel Aviv 140Character Conference on December 6th.
A few folks on twitter saw my tweets about wanting to go to Tel Aviv and “represent” the UK at the conference. One great man @digitalmaverick suggested that I needed 32 Twitter friends to chip in £10 each and that would cover the flight. I slept on the idea, as I was uncomfortable it may come across as begging. But I received some tweets encouraging me next day from @bensaint , @gemmawent , @drewellis , @b33god , @juicyinfo , @dailytwitter , @joga5 , @overthewire , @dr_black @scottgould .
The result of these tweets got things to the point where #Likeminds founders @scottgould and @drewellis are sponsoring my flight cost £340 (including the ridiculous £4.50 credit card surcharge, I’m sure it doesn’t cost BA that, but hey, hard times for our national carrier, hence my loyalty and not booking cheaper options, I’m flying British Airways, because I really do think they are the best and worth the little bit extra, remember the crash landing on BA flight from Beijing last year ? Great piece of piloting).
But then still others wanted to contribute, and it’s so #BloodyBrilliant that people want to support, I thought I would create some sponsor opportunities for other costs. Taxi Fares, Hotel (1 night), Maybe some food and I thought a round of drinks for Jeff Pulver and his team.
So here goes: If you would like to take part and chip in anything from £5 to £50 I will dedicate part of my speech to the Tel Aviv audience to this incredible piece of Twitter love. I will name check and put up a photo of your Twitter avatar or Company Logo. If you have company/brand t-shirt I will wear it on some part of the journey (not on stage, I always wear my suit) take a pic and TwitPic it.
So… the additional costs budget (all approx) are below.
To and from Heathrow – £20 petrol money for Joe (21) my eldest son.
Taxi from to and from Tel Aviv Airport to the Conference venue – Not sure how much that will be, but would be surprised if over £40 each way.
Hotel, well… I guess £70 will cover that. Trick is to stay as close to conference venue as possible to reduce more taxi fares. I’ve booked flights that get me into Tel Aviv at 5.25am on the morning of the conference, I/We save a nights hotel accommodation costs like that. I leave Tel Aviv at 7.30am on Monday 7th December. So I’m in Tel Aviv 26.5 hours, I thought the less time I’m there, the more costs are kept down. Not sure how much sleep I’m going to get, praying I get lucky and BA upgrade me to one of those fully flat seats in the Business Cabin, I can sleep then. 7th December is also my son’s Joe 22nd Birthday, so I really needed to get back and I will land at Heathrow 11.25am.
Food, well no more than £15 needed for that I guess (I’m happy with a couple of Shwarma’s to keep me going).
A round of drinks after the conference… £20 I guess ?
So… there you have it. I do hope you don’t think it’s begging. I’ve been encouraged by some wonderful people and I think if we make it happen, it’s a great example of Twitter trust, love and sharing. A story of a community supporting a community member. I will of course blog the whole experience, name check and link out to everyone that takes part.
You can Chip In Here: http://darenbbc.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/7127c47a5a4869d4
Please please comment on my blog if you chip in.
If there is a balance/surplus left after the trip, we can all decide what to do with it, that sound OK ?
It’s looking like I will be the only British resident speaking at the conference, so I will do the very best I can to represent UK tweeters as the coolest on the planet.
Thanks to those that tipped this over edge to make it happen.