Established in 2006 as after-work drinks, Glug has since broadened its programme to include talks by some of the world’s most interesting practitioners. ‘The Collaboration Economy’ promised value for money by getting six of the best on stage at once.
The evening was split into two sessions, punctuated by a break, in the middle. The first allowed each organisation to give a brief overview of their work. It was fast, furious (and a little hard to follow at times) but very interesting none-the-less. The second session offered a more specific insight in to the ‘Web Lab’ project, the focus of this evenings event, each speaker going into great detail of the challenges of the project and how they were overcome.
It was fast, furious (and a little hard to follow at times) but very interesting none-the-less.
Unfortunately this part of the evening came a little too late for some, with a noticeable portion of the audience not returning from the interval. At the end of the first presentation, a few more left and by the time of the final slot, waves of people where noisily strolling down each edge of the grand assembly hall, leaving less than a quarter of the initial crowd. Surprising as the tickets had sold-out so quickly.
Aside from the ever-decreasing size of the audience, there were really great talks about a genuinely interesting exhibition, one that I (now) can’t wait to visit. The speakers did go in to very specific detail, which seems to have been criticised in social media since the event, but that was the part that I really enjoyed – I was hoping for a lecture after all. Maybe everybody else was still hoping for after-work drinks?