• EduGeek Preston Conference 2011

    It's that time of year again when we invite you all to make you way up, down and across to Preston in Lancashire on Thursday 2nd of June for a day of informed talks from companies specialising in education and other areas, socialising and meeting the site sponsors and being pampered by us.

    This year we also have a change of venue as we have now adopted the University of Central Lancashire's Westleigh Conference Centre as our new venue location this year. Just a 5 minutesí drive from the Ibis hotel it means no more trekking to Chorley and booking coaches. As always, the conference is free as we shall keep you up to date on speakers as and when we can confirm them. Please note we have booked 80 seats, so it's first come first served and booking is being handled via EventBright.

    Register Here

    Confirmed speakers are:

    • Dell (courtesy of Joskos) - Demonstrating the Dell Kace automation system
    • Lancaster University Network Services - Schools and independent internet connections
    • Rick Byers - The Data Protection Act - Myths and Musts
    • Adobe - Adobe products and support
    • AEG - UPS and power management
    • SmoothWall - Netcap


    We shall also have tables exhibiting products and services from our speakers and other companies. These include:

    ICT-Direct
    SmoothWall
    Joskos/Dell
    Meru
    Net-Ctrl
    LUNS
    Adobe
    Invictus Technology/Zybert Computing



    Travel and hotels

    As usual we recommend that you stay at the Ibis Preston North which is comfortable, cheap and a mere 5 minute drive from the venue: http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-31...rth/index.shtm

    The venue is easy to get to and you can get the location and directions from this site here:
    http://www.uclan.ac.uk/information/s...ces/travel.php

    And for those of you using sat-nav you can use this address to find your way:

    Westleigh Conference Centre
    Lea Road
    PR4 0RB Preston



    For those that cannot attend
    We will be streaming the conference online courtesy of Adobe and Adobe Connect. More details are to follow about the streaming service.

    If you have a ticket but cannot attend after all
    Please please contact us ASAP as we can usually allocate your space to another member, the sooner you let us know the faster we can fill the vacant slot.
    Comments 87 Comments
    1. Steve21's Avatar
      Steve21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bjohnny42 View Post
      Is there going to be a live video feed as last year that we could pop on and watch? I might not be making it this year.
      For those that cannot attend
      We will be streaming the conference online courtesy of Adobe and Adobe Connect. More details are to follow about the streaming service.
      Guess so :P

      Steve
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      @bossman @john @Sylv3r if you are free the night before to have a chat I'll try and see if I can get a few others together ... 2 birds, 1 stone.
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      No attendance from me this year sadly. Stupid coccyx and doctors.
    1. bossman's Avatar
      bossman -
      Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
      You camping out this year Bossman?
      Too right we are
    1. bossman's Avatar
      bossman -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
      @bossman @john @Sylv3r if you are free the night before to have a chat I'll try and see if I can get a few others together ... 2 birds, 1 stone.
      Will be stopping over the same night as the conference Tony if this is any good
    1. EduTech's Avatar
      EduTech -
      Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
      Too right we are
      I'm in Bossman's Tent! :-)

      Woo!! glad to hear your coming matey!

      James.
    1. witch's Avatar
      witch -
      Well if you are killing birds with stones p'raps it is best that I'm not going...
    1. KK20's Avatar
      KK20 -
      Used to live down the road from here (On Lea road). It is a little out "in the sticks" from the town. The 88C bus is best for getting there (and will drop you off outside the center) use the 88A to get back - they are contra orbital buses. Both these buses go from the bus station and pass the train station. 88C will also take you from the center to garstand road which is about a 2 mile walk to the IBIS along a single (large) road.

      They had just built a canal when I moved from there so you can use your barge and moor up if you wish (I'd like to see a pink slip for that expense going to the bursar).

      If adobe are there it might be worth a visit to see if they have any ideas on reliable ways to get adobe connect (player only) installed on domain user account with limited rights (install per user my arse)
    1. TheScarfedOne's Avatar
      TheScarfedOne -
      Im in... and no vino for you John lol! Drinks on EduTech again :-p??
    1. robk's Avatar
      robk -
      Just getting the hotel booked now.... Should be a fun couple of days.
    1. Sylv3r's Avatar
      Sylv3r -
      Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
      I'm in Bossman's Tent! :-)

      Woo!! glad to hear your coming matey!

      James.
      You haven't heard the rumours that I have from Webman! Your welcome to stop in his tent, your unlikely to get any sleep!

      Ging-gang-goolie......
    1. Sylv3r's Avatar
      Sylv3r -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
      @bossman @john @Sylv3r if you are free the night before to have a chat I'll try and see if I can get a few others together ... 2 birds, 1 stone.
      As Bossman has pointed out, we won't be around on the evening before, but are stopping in the hotel on the night of the conference.
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
      As Bossman has pointed out, we won't be around on the evening before, but are stopping in the hotel on the night of the conference.
      The night of the conference is fine. I'll see who else I can shake up to be about.
    1. Gatt's Avatar
      Gatt -
      Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
      No attendance from me this year sadly. Stupid coccyx and doctors.
      Damn, that must be a pain in the ass!
    1. CSNM-Carl's Avatar
      CSNM-Carl -
      Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
      Registered! :-) See you all there as usual

      I did like the dietary requirements part! I stated 'No Thai Food' :P

      LOL
      You ate Thai in Dubai!

      Attachment 10069

      I won't be able to make it this year unfortunately.
    1. johnymac's Avatar
      johnymac -
      I may be attending
    1. chilbs's Avatar
      chilbs -
      I wonder if Edushades are going to reappear this year!
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      Quote Originally Posted by chilbs View Post
      I wonder if Edushades are going to reappear this year!
      I doubt it, the last DM I had was that they were enjoying the snow down south ... I think they might be visiting penguins somewhere.
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Perhaps some kind of video link could be arranged?
    1. EduTech's Avatar
      EduTech -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
      Perhaps some kind of video link could be arranged?
      A video link for 'EduShades? :-)

      I do miss my shades! but i have been good and have not replaced them as of yet... : )

      James.