Nights like tonight give me such a great appreciation for the town I live in.

When one of the greats of the technology revolution stopped by my city to give a talk, I got a little excited. I felt like it was something I’d want to witness for myself. Turns out, I’m not the only one who thought that way. When Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, stopped by Sydney’s Town Hall tonight, the tech community flocked like crazy. According to the UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne, it was their quickest to sell out event with all tickets sold out within two hours. That is one thing I love about this city. We’ve got some very passionate people in the industry who bring about a culture of innovation and curiosity the likes of which Sir Tim Berners-Lee advocates with a strong passion. Events like this inspire them as much as they inspire me. It’s brilliant.

The main thoughts that emerged from the talk:

  • Those who can program need to use their talent. Get out there and make things better.
  • The world wide web is integral to our lives now, you really need to pay attention to who holds the keys to this technology and who can take it away. Governments probably aren’t the right people to hold that power as they have their own interests in mind rather than those of the public.

Few downsides:

  • It felt like the opportunity to hear Tim Berners-Lee speak in Sydney was rushed into a short time unnecessarily.
  • I’m not a fan of panels – I’d prefer eight separate talks in comparison to a panel of eight put on the spot to give brief answers.

Overall, it was a great night with an incredible turnout! Time for me to go and make stuff.