Today you may have catched an announcement on the TECHunplugged website stating that I am joining forces with Arjan Timmerman and Jane Rimmer as a co-organizator of the TECHunplugged conference series.
As you know, the TECHunplugged conference was started a few years ago by my friend Enrico Signoretti and he was joined later on by Arjan Timmerman, also a very good friend from the community. Enrico had put me in the confidence before joining OpenIO and I recall us discussing our respective aims while we last met in London. I was surprised to be contacted by my friend Arjan to ask me if I would be willing to join TECHunplugged and help him continue this adventure.
I accepted with joy and gratefulness, but also with a deep sense of responsibility. Responsibility because I count Enrico not only as a friend but also as a sort of mentor, one of the individuals in our community who has been the most inspirational to me, not only because of his knowledge but also and mainly because he’s a visionary. His professionalism and rigorously critical approach of the enterprise IT world proved to be for me not only an inspiration, but also a challenge to provide quality & well-thought content, where one should not only stop to provide a description of facts, but also to give their opinion.
While Enrico is moving to a fantastic career opportunity at OpenIO, our goal with Arjan is to continue making TECHunplugged events the way they have been made, i.e. events entered on the interaction between end-users, influencers and sponsors. A community where every participant can share and enrich the others with their experience.
We have already prepared four dates in 2017 and we are already signing-up sponsors. We have also opened registrations for the London event on 18-May-17. We have also relaunched techunplugged.io and we invite you to visit our new site and find out more about the upcoming events! Also, I should mention that the wonderful Jane Rimmer will help us make TECHunplugged a continued success.
To finish this post, I acknowledge the breadth of this challenge and I hope that I’ll be able to live up to the (enormous) expectations. Big thanks to Arjan for having me at TECHunplugged, a big thanks to Enrico for being inspirational and best of luck with the new gig at OpenIO. And you’re welcome to join us anytime at TECHunplugged!
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