…was really good fun. We all gathered at Google reception in Victoria, signed
away our nth-borns NDA, got badged and taken up to the meeting room by ever-vigilant googlers in a set up reminiscent of under-cover operations. Many thanks to Ben for letting a herd of VRMers into the non-evil Google lair and providing us with water to moisten our throats dry from all the talking. After a whirlwind session of ideas and challenging questions, we ‘retired’ to the nearby pub where the conversations continued. Ideas were shared, connections made and good foundations laid for the next meeting.
There was a very eclectic bunch of people and the topics discussed ranged from marketing and advertising to technical implementation of data sharing in VRM context and the basic aspects of VRM infrastructure. It was great to have Doc present and may he be in London many a time in the coming months. The need for a messianic bearded individual was expressed and it was felt that Doc fits the bill perfectly, despite his protests.
One of the outcomes of the meeting was connecting with a couple of geeks/coders willing to sit down and help to translate the vision of VRM personal data space into technical specs and hopefully a prototype to demonstrate what we have been trying to describe since the VRM brainstorming session at IIW in Mountain View last December.
Together with Alec we were able to do that with VRM feeds based data sharing, but now we need to move onto the lightweight tools for personal data capture, analysis and management (working name u-spot and after discussions last night likely to change to MINE. )
The next VRM Hub meeting is scheduled for 27th March, sign up here. We are on a look out for venue, so far we met in a wine bar and in an office. Ideally, we need something in between – a space we can both hang out and drink wine/beer/etc as well as sit down, open a laptop and take discussions further – I call it 3Ws – wi-fi, wine, whiteboard. There are already some ideas and suggestions, which are most welcome. And as the meetings grow in scope, I am sure there will be more.
Note: A reminder for those who blog or post photos about the event to use two tags VRM and VRMUK. Thanks.