We attended the New Adventures Conference in Nottingham in January. Here are some of the thing we learnt from the event.
On 22nd-23rd January this year, group of my colleagues and I attended the New Adventures Conference in Nottingham.
Day 1 featured workshops throughout the day, focused on building a sustainable future, learning to build websites from scratch, and how to negotiate with confidence.
Day 2 was conference day with a variety of talks covering the future of design, design thinking, digital curation, privacy, accessibility, and plenty more.
(There was a third day of events including a run club, coffee & photo walk, and a football tournament but we didn’t attend those.)
What is New Adventures Conference (NAConf)?
New Adventures Conference is a future-focused digital design conference held once a year. It was established in 2011 and ran until 2013 before taking a break and returning in 2019. 2020’s edition is the fifth event so far and with a possibility of more per year.
What was the best piece of advice you got from NAConf?
Adam: “Not all things need saving, sometimes they just need to exist” from Liz Jackson and “clarity is scarce” from Florence Okoye.
What was your favourite moment of the conference?
Simba: Tatiana Mac‘s mind-blowing breakdown of the origin of the binary system and code-based language and linking it back to its initial use as a weapon of bigotry and prejudice.
Luke: Tatiana Mac’s talk. When I knew she’d be there, I scrambled to get a ticket and it was the best talk I’ve ever been to. I learnt so much and loved how it linked concepts I knew with history I wasn’t aware of.
What was your favourite talk?
Simba: Tatiana “The Gawd“ Mac.
Luke: Tatiana Mac’s, hands down. Probably the best talk I’ve ever seen.
Adam: Most of the talks resonated with me. Tatiana’s took me on an emotional rollercoaster, Cennydd opened my eyes further, but Akil’s talk spoke to me on a personal level; it made me look at how I could progress.
Were there any recommended tools or systems from NAConf that you plan to use or actions you plan to take?
Simba: To create, be pro-independent blogging, and avoid blogging on platforms like Medium for ownership of your own content.
Luke: Laura Kalbag’s talk made me more conscious of cookies and internet privacy. She also recommended switching.software which gives you a collection of privacy-conscious alternatives to popular software.
Adam: Trying to think and visualise in a physical space. We’ve already taken steps to get wall-mounted boards for writing and sketching on, so I’m looking forward to throwing my thoughts on it with a variety of bright coloured pens.
Favourite piece of merchandise?
Simba: My Sketch badge.
Luke: My NAConf 2020 badge.
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