Hannah DeMilta recently caught up with Simon Crerar, editor of BuzzFeedOz.
Your most recent role was with News Corp as their visual story editor before becoming the Australian editor of BuzzFeed. What are the important experiences or lessons you brought with you from your most recent role?
As the end of 2012 approaches, we thought it’d be nice to have an update from our beloved city curators. Hannah DeMilta in Sydney shares some of her most appreciated events, spaces and top moments of 2012.
Best event for meeting people?
It depends who you want to meet, but I’ve met a lot of amazing people over the couple years from Travel Massive in Sydney. We often get people who are passing though on their travels to stop by as well.
Best event for content shared and learnings?
One of the best talks I’ve been to this year was Portable Presents Frank Chimero. Vivid Sydney put on an excellent lineup as part of the Vivid Ideas Exchange Forum this year in general, and that particular stuck with me. ProBlogger Training Day (actually in Melbourne) was another highlight in terms of content and learning. That was an excellent program, and one of the best conferences I’ve been to over the last couple years.
Personal event style preference?
I enjoy a variety of event styles – I think has little to do with format, but rather execution and organisation most of the time. I like having time to meet and chat with others so I appreciate event formats and venues that cater to that (nothing too noisey or crowded). I also love when event hosts take time to introduce and connect people in the room. It adds a lot of value to those attending.
Favourite source of local community news?
The Fetch? Oh no wait… I follow a lot of smart people on Twitter who always seem to know what’s happening. I’m also a fan of the Silicon Beach Google Group for a pulse on what’s happening in the start-up community.
Favourite coworking space?
I’ve actually been have people come cowork with me at my office this year. However, I would say it was lovely to welcome The Workbench to Sydney. I was there for a Jelly day a few months ago and discovered “Laksa Fridays” a weekly (and delicious) tradition.
Favourite cafe with WiFi?
Sur Bourke is an amazing little spot. They have free Wifi, power points, tasty food and coffees.
What’s been a personal highlight and not so high moment of the year?
Good question. This year has felt like a bit of a roller coaster ride. I started a new job with Rocketman Media, and that was definitely a highlight, but it was tough to say goodbye to my colleagues from my previous company. I’ve been blessed with so many wonderful new friendships in Sydney, and at the same time I’ve had some moments of homesickness. I suppose that’s expat life (or life in general) though.
What have you enjoyed about being involved with The Fetch in 2012?
I have loved watching The Fetch grow this year. I know it’s silly, but I still get giddy meeting people at events who tell me they subscribe and enjoy reading it. Its a passion project for me and always means a lot to get that positive feedback. Launching the Community Ambassador program has been another great step forward this year. The community and support from that crew has been wonderful, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone next year as well.
What are you looking forward to in 2013?
In terms of The Fetch, I’m looking forward to even more goodness in terms of growth and partnerships in the Sydney community. I hope that the newsletter continues to delight and be a valuable resource to our readers. Personally, I have a few creative-ish projects that I’ll bring to life next year, also planning on traveling to some new places. Fun times ahead my friends!
After our recent callout for a Sydney curator, we were lucky enough to find the amazing and super-social Hannah DeMilta. Hannah will be sharing the best events, meetups, community news, jobs and more in each fortnight’s fetch. You can submit items to her via email here and don’t forget to subscribe on http://thefetch.org. Our next pink-themed fetch will be sent on 26 September. We welcome her to fetch land with some questions!
How did you end up where you are today?
I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio but fell in love with Australia and knew I had to come live here. I was working for a startup after graduation, then landed my current job with Switched on Media on Twitter and moved to Sydney. Now I get to work and play in this lovely city. I love soaking up everything Sydney has to offer.
What makes you tick? What makes you ick?
People make tick. I’m driven by relationships and helping others. Other ‘tick tocks’ include travel, tennis, tweeting, good eats and drinks with friends. My ick is rude people and black olives. I love so many different flavours, but those olives are yucky. And rude people, they’re yucky too.
Why do you love fetchin’?
I love fetchin because it’s all about connecting others and getting people together. Business, creative and digital events aren’t meant to be work, they’re meant to be fun. If that hasn’t been your experience, you’re hanging out at the wrong events my friend.
What things excite you about our community right now?
I get really excited about some of the arts and creative focused communities in Sydney. While I work in digital and I’m constantly learning in that field, it’s the events with a creative slant that help inspire me. In fact, if you’re headed to an interesting arts related event, please invite me along.
What’s your favourite thing about your city?
I love that Sydney is a huge city with so much to do, but can still feel small and connected. Everyone here is somehow seems tied to one another and it’s not uncommon to run into a friend down at the pub.
Where can we find you in Sydney?
You can find me having brunch in Surry Hills, enjoying a flat white.