We have the pleasure of welcoming Jaap Van Till (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaap_van_Till) (The Connectivist) from the Netherlands to our shores this November. He is a keynote speaker at the Open Source Developers' Conference (http://2014.osdc.com.au) and has agreed to do this additional talk, open to all, on the eve of the conference. You can read Jaap's blog at http://theconnectivist.wordpress.com .
The famous Richard Florida (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Florida) approach has been effective in attracting the Creative Class to cities with Talent, Technology and Tolerance.
Jaap will be talking about steps beyond that, to boost the Local Tech Economy, cooperation, broadband & disruptive technologies and other policy steps to create jobs and wealth. There is an urgent demand among the young for a positive perspective towards the future.
Many of the other Open Source Developers' Conference (http://2014.osdc.com.au) speakers will also be in attendance, so please come along and engage in this very vibrant community (don't be scared off by the "Developers" part - there's a lot more to it).
A few tickets to the main conference are still available at http://2014.osdc.com.au/registration . OSDC takes place 4th-7th November at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus.
We would like to thank The City of Gold Coast (http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au) and Open Source Developers' Club for sponsoring Jaap's trip to Australia.
IT Forum Gold Coast (http://www.itforumgoldcoast.com.au) and Silverstripe (http://silverstripe.com) are sponsoring the evening event, and the event itself is organised by Gold Coast TechSpace (http://gctechspace.org) & OSDC. A fantastic group effort!
This meetup will be posted on TechSpace, ITForum & Silicon Beach meetup groups, feel free to RSVP via any of them.
About Jaap Van Till:
Jaap van Till is a CONNECTIVIST, who specializes in designing disruptive technology network architecture and infrastructure for improving cooperation between people and collaboration across networks.
His essay on The Power of Flocking http://www.scienceguide.nl/200907/technologies-of-flocking-.aspx has been widely discussed on the Internet. Van Till has consulted successfully on using innovative technologies to rethink worldwide networks for Education and Research (NREN’s) as well as huge private company networks, as partner at Stratix Consultants (NL). His consultancy work centres around explaining technology to managers and explaining objectives to network specialists. The canyon between geeks and managers is still wide and deep. Van Till served as Professor for Corporate Networks and Internet Infrastructure at Delft University (NL) and Internet Infrastructure Professor at the HAN Polytechnic in Arnhem (NL).
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