I’m really excited about the possibility of going to be2camp in London in October. It’s only an idea at this stage, but I would love to see it happen and it would be even better if it can happen whilst I’m in London as I would love to be involved and even speak at this event.
Be2camp is about Web 2.0 in the Built Environment, that is using the latest internet tools and technologies for the construction (and related) industries. I have posted here previously about Enterprise 2.0 (using Web 2.0 technologies behind the corporate firewall) and how it’s about the people not the technology, and I’ve also posted here previously about ProjectCentre, the internet based construction collaboration software that I work on. I believe all construction collaboration tools are by their very nature, web 2.0 tools.
Unconferences such as this are great and are about getting the community involved and talking (and a lot of drinking too) and sharing ideas. The construction industry needs to start getting an handle on this Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 stuff and as my background is in both Construction and IT and I’m passionate about all things Web 2.0 this is a fantastic melding of everything I do.
Educating the construction industry about the new ways of working on the internet (or even just using computers) is a big task but we have to do it otherwise the industry will be left behind. The days of a fax machine and a mobile phone being the main technology in the site office are long gone. However, in Australia we are still just struggling with the basics of getting a decent broadband connection on site, especially in regional areas. Then there is educating people that when you are uploading or downloading 100’s of drawing’s it’s not cool to also be listening to streaming radio or watching YouTube on a max 512k down / 128k up connection, whilst 6 other people in the site office are trying to work too. (Sorry, I could go on about this stuff for a while).
So it’s going to be an interesting ride ahead, and it’s something that I am very passionate about and I’m going to start hassling a few of my excellent geek friends over the coming weeks to get some great stuff together for a presentation at be2camp. And I hope I will blog about it a bit more over the coming weeks too.