At the end of Webstock last week, co-organiser Natasha Lampard gave some closing remarks. Tash’s remarks lead me to believe she was planning on resigning or this was to be the last Webstock — thankfully this was not the case.

Instead, Tash told a lovely story of a hotel / bed and breakfast in Japan called Houshi.

Houshi Ryokan was founded around 1,300 years ago and it has always been managed by the same family since then. 
It is the oldest still running family business in the world.

Tash contrasted this lovely story of a business handed down generation to generation for 1,300 years to the current state of so many “web 2.0” / technology companies. Tash suggested the term “exit strategy” should be replaced with “exist strategy”. Funny side note: As I write this, Grammarly thinks I’ve confused exit with exist! … 

Webstock 2015

Webstock 2015 has come and gone. I was able to get over there for a second year in a row and once again, left with my mind ticking over with everything that I absorbed over the two full on days.

For two years in a row now, the weather in Wellington has just been sensational. This is in contrast to the normal weather in Wellington which is wet, cold and windy!

I don’t bother taking lots of notes at Webstock — it’s really too full on, and most of the takeaways for me are abstract and not things like “use program X for task Y”. … 

The meaning of life

Back in February, I went to the Webstock conference, which I really enjoyed. One of the best talks was the closing keynote. The closing Keynote was by Derek Sivers and was on the meaning of life.

Now, this had nothing to do with web, or tech, or design – but still one of the best talks at a conference I’ve been able to witness. A pretty applicable subject to all, with a lot of thought provoking questions.

Webstock Conference 2014

There has always been a lot of hype around Webstock. It’s highly regarded around the world as one of the most inspirational / thought provoking conferences for anyone who works in the creative industries.

Webstock is not a “show and tell” style conference, where someone will talk about optimising code or designing for mobile first, the latest jQuery library or how smart vectors work in the latest version of Photoshop. The only way I’d describe it is a “mindset altering” conference.

The organisers of Webstock do a great job at sourcing some local and international heavy-weights of their respective fields. This year was just the same. Some speakers I’d heard before but mostly new. …