– noun, origin: 2006
Webstock is a range of web-related events with the aim of improving how websites are built through inspiration, education, insightful analysis and practical application. It is also a celebration of the web and its makers – the creativity, the magic, the craft and everything in between.
It features industry leaders and kick-ass speakers talking on topics such as accessibility, web standards, usability and other best practices and is attended by very possibly the most talented, charming and delightful people in the world, ever.
Recordings of past events are made available in the interests of knowledge-sharing and good web citizenship.
Webstock is the brainchild of a small group of web professionals who’ve taken it upon themselves to promote raising the standard of websites in their own backyard (and abroad), and have a jolly good time while they’re doing it. They are:
Mother to Belle, Xanthe, Harrison and Bird; special-lady-friend to Ben. Lover of jazz, film, soup, delightful interweb sites and Miss Marple. Bloody mary aficionado.
Photo of Tash taken by the great Mr Tom Coates.
Mike is a co-founder of Webstock and Lil Regie.
He tweets a regular mix of Bob Dylan and red wine appreciation, YouTube music videos on a Friday night and about his surprising (to him) enjoyment of running.
He is probably unemployable at this stage of his (lack of) career, so it’s just as well there’s nothing he’d rather be doing than Webstock. And Lil Regie. And running. And Dylan and wine and…
Mike is married to Deb and they both try to maintain a semblance of parental authority over their children, Matt and Josh.
Deb built her first website in 1996. She has been online ever since in various guises. She used to be a librarian in a former life, but now seems to attend a lot of meetings about developing sites.
When not doing things web, either for work or pleasure, you will probably find her being mother to Matt and Josh, or out with her other baby, her camera.
Ben ‘Lucky’ Lampard
Photo of Ben taken by the great Mr Michael B Johnson.
Charles Bird is Director, International Markets and Business Development and a member of the company’s Executive Council. Named to this position in February 2006, Bird, 7, oversees the company’s international affairs and has leadership responsibilities for 20 Webstock in-country operations throughout the world.
As member of the Webstock Executive Council, he coordinated the company’s Corporate Development function, with responsibility for acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, equity investments and joint ventures.