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Curator Year in Review 2012: Chloe in London — November 30, 2012

Curator Year in Review 2012: Chloe in London

As the end of 2012 approaches, we thought it’d be nice to have an update from our beloved city curators. To kick us off, Chloe Nicholls in London, aka @ThatGirl_Chloe, highlights some of her most appreciated events, spaces and top moments of 2012.

Chloe presenting for at The Lovie Awards

Best event for meeting people? 

Any of the events organised by @3Beards i.e. SiliconDrinkabout, Digital SizzleDon’t Pitch Me Bro – these guys have really revived the tech and startup scene in London.

Best event for content shared and learnings? 

General Assembly London for key learnings and workshops, and some favourite  conferences and events include Social Media WeekInternet Week EuropeleWeb LondonReMixMind the Product and Wired 2012

Personal event stye preference? 

Although I attend many conferences and big events every year, I prefer smaller panels and workshops, with a great MC who can ask direct questions – not only to the panel but to the audience too and get a debate going. I find that it’s the people in the audience who sometimes have the most interesting answers/points of view rather than the speakers or panel.

Favourite source of local community news? 

Twitter and Facebook is where I find out all my industry goss!

Favourite coworking space? 

For the creatives The Hospital Club and for the techies Google Campus and Central Working (great coworking spaces and cafe even if it’s sometimes bursting at the seams).

Favourite cafe with wifi? 

The Breakfast Club! (Good place for breakfast, lunch or both; brunch – plus they have great wifi access). 

What’s been a personal highlight and not so high moment of the year? 

Heading to SXSW with my team from Newspepper and low light, bit of an obvious one, but the summer rain before the London 2012 Olympics – it was endless rain for about one month.

What have you enjoyed about being involved with The Fetch in 2012?

The Fetch has been a great way to tap into London’s tech, business and creative communities and keep up-to-date on going on for professionals. By curating the newsletter, I get to discover new  events and share them with the rest of the community. I’ve definitely met some interesting characters along the way!

What are you looking forward to in 2013? 

I can’t wait to start hosting The Fetch Conversations – which are thought-leader dinners for The Fetch community plus continue to work with our brilliant Community Ambassadors and build the community for a wider audience. 

Event Review: IWE Friday Marathon: Soundcloud Sound School, and The Instapaper — November 26, 2012

Event Review: IWE Friday Marathon: Soundcloud Sound School, and The Instapaper

You know what they say about time flying fast when you’re having fun? That’s exactly what Internet Week Europe was all about. An almost Matrix-like daily deluge with one small tweak: switch the falling numbers with a heap of events that delight all tastes and interests in the web, from the savviest to the less connoisseur.

Obviously us Fetchers could not miss it and instead we indulged in a series of events where we celebrated the internet industry and community in style. Friday was definitely the peak for me as I managed to snatch just enough time off to see three out of the many closing parties.

Let the spree begin.

#1 Soundcloud Sound School

Sound School is a 2012 Community Fellowship project to harness some of the knowledge that SoundClouders have about sound. The event that took place at Google Campus marked its culmination with a lively discussion on how new technology, particularly the web, is changing the face of music education.

There were Soundcloud freebies and there were singing games, all captured via tweets on a live sharypic photowall. Overall, a great example of how on- and offline can do wonders together by offering the attendees the opportunity to physically interact and digitally capture the experience. Which is more or less how the new kids are making music nowadays.

#2 Launch is a platform that wants to change the way in which people do good. It allows users to connect with over 160,000 UK charities and motivates them to increase their charitable activities using the power of social media and other trackers and aggregators.

The launch party took place at Mother London and they could not have chosen a better place to celebrate GOOD in a more creative and engaging way. The space is famous for its multiple adventures with culture in art and beyond and, progressively, in the digital space (check out their cool Tech City map here). The event was a great opportunity to mingle with creatives of all kind and chance made so that I come across the IWE festival director as well. Lovely lady for an lovelier week.

#3 The Instapaper #Edit1 Book Launch

I know what you’re thinking. Cool, a chance to meet the guys who built the app that helps me organise my reading better. Nevertheless, #edit1 of TheInstaPaper is actually a book that celebrates the new instant visual movement in photography. In the lines of the Sound School project, the Instapaper invites you to reflect on the integration of traditional photography within the new, fast-absorbing digital scape.

In spite of the name confusion, the event was no less interesting as it offered a chance to blend with some of the hip’est boys and girls in town. Taking place at L’ATELIER in the heart of Dalston, it brought together quite a different slice of the digitally minded public. From fashionistas to edgy filmmakers and avant garde musicians, I had an incredible evening refreshing my perspective of modern art.

Cheers to you Internet Week.

About our Ambassador // Written by Andreea Magdalina, Community Manager @enternships/@mixcloud and yogurt addict. Follow her on Twitter @trrpaipai.

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