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Thinking Digital Conference

Your opportunity to have conversations with the people who create the future. A three-day event jam packed with presentations and performances to delight, provoke and inspire - unleashing a vision of the world as it could be.

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Date: 21 May 2013
Location: The Sage Gateshead, UK

Fanboys Ahoy! The Man Who Put the 'i' in iMac, iPhone, iYouNameIt [video]

New Mac by Stefan Yasin

"Snow is falling all around me.
Children playing having fun.
Trains are cancelled. Shops are heaving.
It's the season of MacBooks and shiny iPads. 
Merry Christmas everyone."

I'm in a musical mood, so sue me ;-) And those Applistas everywhere are struggling to resist the urge to splurge on a shiny new metallic toys from the wizards in Cupertino.

But, I hear you cry, who put the "i" in iMac, iPhone, iPad? And did you know that Steve Jobs hated the name originally? And had an alternative...

Ken Segall (@ksegall), the ad-man Apple turned to, talks about his naming fame and his book, Insanely Simple about the principles that guides the company and makes it stand out from its competitors, in this video from Thinking Digital 2012.

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Thinking Digital Startup Competition at Thinking Digital 2012


Thinking Digital are holding their first ever Thinking Digital Startup Competition, chaired by Paul Smith (of the Ignite100 startup accelorator programme) and supported by Northstar Ventures, at this year's event.

To enter, the startup needs to have been created or started operating after 1st Jan 2011 and applications need to be in by Friday 11th May.

There'll be a total of 5 startups pitching for 3 minutes on Tuesday 29th May during Thinking Digital University (TDU). Chosen startups will get a free pass to Thinking Digital 2012 (or 2013 if you already have a 2012 pass).

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Win Tickets to Thinking Digital, 29th - 31st May 2012


Thinking Digital (29th - 31st May) is a three-day event drawing together exceptional talent from the worlds of technology, media, science, industry and the arts. 

It attracts speakers from around the world, who to come to Gateshead to share their wisdom and experiences to encourage us all to pursue our passions and dreams. 

We're delighted the organisers have offered one lucky Chinwagger the chance to win a free conference ticket worth £330.00.

Entering the competition couldn't be easier, simply follow the link below, complete the form and a ticket could be yours.

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Thinking Digital Conference Videos Online

Thinking Digital Conference Videos

My annual trek to the North East for Thinking Digital is always a treat. Organised by Herb Kim, recently named #83 in the MediaGuardian Top 100 and his team at Codeworks, the event promises much and delivers.

The event takes place in the futuristic surroundings of Newcastle's re-developed quayside using the photogenic Sage and Baltic venues and features a wide range of speakers from tech-heavy to the unexpected.

The videos from this year's event have just been published on their website. My favourites...

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Thinking Digital 2011

Thinking Digital is an annual conference where the world's greatest thinkers and innovators gather to inspire, to entertain, and to discuss the latest ideas and technologies.

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Date: 24 May 2011
Location: The Sage, UK

Keep the Kids (And Geeks) In Your Household Happy This Christmas

Pleo Flickr picture

I may have found THE perfect geek Christmas present with only...49 shopping days to spare. Well done me.

It's a tiny interactive dino robot, that goes by the name of Pleo.

It's the brainchild of "Mr FurbyCaleb Chung, who told the story behind the little robodino at this year's Thinking Digital (25% discount for Chinwaggers on the 2010 event) - video below...

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Thinking Digital NewcastleGateshead 2009

Thinking Digital is an annual conference where the world´s greatest thinkers and innovators gather to inspire, to entertain, and to discuss the latest ideas and technologies. Use the special code 09eb1cwag when booking your ticket for an exclusive discount.

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Date: 13 May 2009
Location: The Sage Gateshead, UK

Thinking Digital - the Cannes for ideas and insights

On May 21st Thinking Digital is coming to Newcastle and we here at Chinwag will be jumping on the train and heading “up nawf” to see what this anti-conference is made of and, of course, fitting in some opportune mingling, (and a few beers).

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