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#140Conf – Tel Aviv – Israel

I’m still recovering from my trip to Tel Aviv. I’m still thinking about my trip to Tel Aviv and how I happened to find myself there, “representin”.

I have many many people to thank. So I’m going to try like this, A Twitter List for you to follow http://twitter.com/DarenBBC/irlcontributors-4 , some photo’s and some thoughts, experiences and emotions I went through. If that sounds interesting then please do read on, I hope you enjoy, it was EPIC for me.

London Heathrow – T5 – Jayne had the great idea that I drive myself to H/Row and park using long term parking. I found a new service that meets you at the short term parking area and takes your car away for you, then when you return, they meet you back at short term.
Alfred the Jag
Perfect and only a £5 premium, which given a black cabbie quoted £100 one way to heathrow, it was a no brainer.

Heathrow T5 8.45pm on a Saturday night was deserted, if you’re going to fly, fly then, it was heaven.

Empty T5 Heathrow

Charity Gallery - Heathrow T5
Take off was 10.30pm and I have to say the British Airways plane was great, got us in 30 mins earlier at 5.00am. I spoke to the crew because I thought the plane was new, but it wasn’t it had been refurbed. Good job, it felt new. Whilst chatting with the crew, I found out that they would be on my flight home, they were staying in Israel the same amount of time as me, 26.5 hours, of which I slept for 1 hour between 8.30am to 9.30am and 3 hours between 1.45am to 4.45am. I’m not complaining, but I;m not in my 20’s anymore, i’m still feeling the pain of no sleep.

Jeff Pulver graciously offered me the use of his hotel room to shower and change before Conference, I woke Jeff up at 6am, I was earlier than expected. Jeff bought me coffee and cake and gave me some background to Tel Aviv and his activities there, the key to his room says how highly he’s thought of in the tech powerhouse that is, Israel.

Jeff Pulver Room Key
So…quick kip, shower and change into the suit and tie. I was later to find out I would be the only person in a suit and tie 🙂 [ I like that]

The cab ride, was I have to say, that of a middle eastern experience, no english from the driver and no idea where the venue was, Coool! 🙂 I was running a bit late, but, I’ve learnt on my travels, let destiny take it’s path, I’m powerless in effecting the outcome.

Taxi Tel Aviv
I arrive just as Jeff is finishing his intro, the energy and buzz in the room was off the scale, physically, there was standing room only. I had my suit carrier and “man bag” so felt very concious walking to the front of the room, there were 200 people plus. Once settled I was greeted by smiles from the people that surrounded me. Jeff then announced to the audience that I had arrived and the room applauded, I felt joy, embarrassment, great pride and a real sense that I was “welcome”. I was in room of full of Israel’s “thought” and “geek” leaders and achievers.

Audience at #140Conf Tel Aviv

First up was Yossi Vardi – The Grandfather of the Israeli Tech Sector, founder of ICQ. Amazing charisma, wisdom and humour.

The laughter and engagement from the audience was amazing, and so natural, it was just part of what seems to happen when a couple of hundred tech/media/education/spiritual/young/old/political/music/finance related people get togethr in a room. There was a stage, with mic’s and seats for “speakers and panelists”, but that stage was for audience “use” too. I learnt, that Israeli’s take part, they don’t sit back and think it, maybe talk it down in the corridors quietly, they say it, share it, challenge and act. If it was too cold, someone shouted, “turn the heating up” or if someone said something funny ( which they did a lot) lots of people would laugh, but laugh properly and look at each other while they laughed. It’s a tough subtlety to describe, i guess you had to be there :-).

And “be there” I was… Lot’s of people chipped in cash to make the experience (trip) possible, and I have expressed my gratitude to you all in some way, but there are seven people I’d like to really show my deep appreciation to. They were the catalysts, and often the work of the catalyst is under valued, if valued at all, as it’s often forgotten, but is actually the vital spark that is always required. So…here are the catalysts, thank you once again.

http://twitter.com/digitalmaverick – He suggested asking the community on Twitter for funds – Drew is a teacher

http://twitter.com/bensaint – He made it clear, very clear he would make a major donation early on – Ben owns Evolv Digital

http://twitter.com/gemmawent – She matched Ben’s support within minutes – Gemma is founder of Red Cube Marketing

http://twitter.com/scottgould – He confirmed covering the cost of flying within 30 minutes of my appeal. Scott is a partner in Conference Group #LikeMinds

http://twitter.com/drewellis – He is Scott’s business partner and signed off flight costs within minutes of Scott’s suggestion

http://twitter.com/robocallaghan – My 1st “Chip In” donator, and what a donator. Just amazing.

http://twitter.com/JeffPulver – He invited me to Tel Aviv

Next edit, I will go into some of the people I met. Until then enjoi the music vid. The tempo is reflective of the intensity experienced and the “here I am” line sums up my feeling once I’d settled into my seat for five minutes.

Daren

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I’m still recovering from my trip to Tel Aviv. I’m still thinking about my trip to Tel Aviv and how I happened to find myself there, “representin”.

I have many many people to thank. So I’m going to try like this, A Twitter List for you to follow http://twitter.com/DarenBBC/irlcontributors-4 ,  some photo’s and some thoughts, experiences and emotions I went through. If that sounds interesting then please do read on, I hope you enjoy, it was EPIC for me.

London Heathrow – T5 –  Jayne had the great idea that I drive myself to H/Row and park using long term parking. I found a new service that meets you at the short term parking area and takes your car away for you, then when you return, they meet you back at short term.
Alfred the Jag
Perfect and only a £5 premium, which given a black cabbie quoted £100 one way to heathrow, it was a no brainer.

Heathrow T5 8.45pm on a Saturday night was deserted, if you’re going to fly, fly then, it was heaven.

Empty T5 Heathrow

Charity Gallery - Heathrow T5
Take off was 10.30pm and I have to say the British Airways plane was great, got us in 30 mins earlier at 5.00am. I spoke to the crew because I thought the plane was new, but it wasn’t it had been refurbed. Good job, it felt new. Whilst chatting with the crew, I found out that they would be on my flight home, they were staying in Israel the same amount of time as me, 26.5 hours, of which I slept for 1 hour between 8.30am to 9.30am and 3 hours between 1.45am to 4.45am. I’m not complaining, but I;m not in my 20’s anymore, i’m still feeling the pain of no sleep.

Jeff Pulver graciously offered me the use of his hotel room to shower and change before Conference, I woke Jeff up at 6am, I was earlier than expected. Jeff bought me coffee and cake and gave me some background to Tel Aviv and his activities there, the key to his room says how highly he’s thought of in the tech powerhouse that is, Israel.

Jeff Pulver Room Key
So…quick kip, shower and change into the suit and tie. I was later to find out I would be the only person in a suit and tie 🙂 [ I like that]

The cab ride, was I have to say, that of a middle eastern experience, no english from the driver and no idea where the venue was, Coool! 🙂 I was running a bit late, but, I’ve learnt on my travels, let destiny take it’s path, I’m powerless in effecting the outcome.

Taxi Tel Aviv
I arrive just as Jeff is finishing his intro, the energy and buzz in the room was off the scale, physically, there was standing room only. I had my suit carrier and “man bag” so felt very concious walking to the front of the room, there were 200 people plus. Once settled I was greeted by smiles from the people that surrounded me. Jeff then announced to the audience that I had arrived and the room applauded, I felt joy, embarrassment, great pride and  a real sense that I was “welcome”. I was in room of full of Israel’s “thought” and “geek” leaders and achievers.

Audience at #140Conf Tel Aviv

First up was Yossi Vardi – The Grandfather of the Israeli Tech Sector, founder of ICQ. Amazing charisma, wisdom and humour. See for yourself

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The laughter and engagement from the audience was amazing, and so natural, it was just part of what seems to happen when a couple of hundred tech/media/education/spiritual/young/old/political/music/finance related people get togethr in a room. There was a stage, with mic’s and seats for “speakers and panelists”, but that stage was for audience “use” too. I learnt, that Israeli’s take part, they don’t sit back and think it, maybe talk it down in the corridors quietly, they say it, share it, challenge and act. If it was too cold, someone shouted, “turn the heating up” or if someone said something funny ( which they did a lot) lots of people would laugh, but laugh properly and look at each other while they laughed. It’s a tough subtlety  to describe, i guess you had to be there :-).

And “be there” I was… Lot’s of people chipped in cash to make the experience (trip) possible, and I have expressed my gratitude to you all in some way, but there are seven people I’d like to really show my deep appreciation to.  They were the catalysts, and often the work of the catalyst is under valued, if valued at all, as it’s often forgotten, but is actually the vital spark that is always required. So…here are the catalysts, thank you once again.

http://twitter.com/digitalmaverick – He suggested asking the community on Twitter for funds – Drew is a teacher

http://twitter.com/bensaint – He made it clear, very clear he would make a major donation early on – Ben owns Evolv Digital

http://twitter.com/gemmawent – She matched Ben’s support within minutes – Gemma is founder of Red Cube Marketing

http://twitter.com/scottgould – He confirmed covering the cost of flying within 30 minutes of my appeal. Scott is a partner in Conference Group #LikeMinds

http://twitter.com/drewellis – He is Scott’s business partner and signed off flight costs within minutes of Scott’s suggestion

http://twitter.com/robocallaghan – My 1st “Chip In” donator, and what a donator. Just amazing.

http://twitter.com/JeffPulver – He invited me to Tel Aviv

Next edit, I will go into some of the people I met. Until then enjoi the music vid. The tempo is reflective of the intensity experienced and the “here I am” line sums up my feeling as I had settled into my seat after five minutes

Daren


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Onions, Twitter and Trust – #140Conf Tel Aviv

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!

Also a Video shot by Damien @b33god the link has Stephen Fry’s epic speech as well.

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.

Daren.