Global eCommerce Summit (GES): Chairing a roundtable

I was pleased to be invited to the GES in Monaco, an attempt by our friends and Shop.org and BBP of the Netherlands to work with EMOTA and other associations to create a pan-European high level conference in a similar vein to the big US conferences (like Shop.org and Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition, IRCE).

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The venue was astounding and the weather, erm, “convivial” to say the least. The hotel/resort had much of the US golf/leisure complex feel of Florida-based conferences, but I’m stunned to discover that the costs of putting on an event in Monaco are so much cheaper than London, Amsterdam or Barcelona. Mental note for the future, even if the destination has unfortunate resonances in a time of parsimony and corporate belt-tightening.

The speaker list was excellent, the company stimulating and the conference venue was just excellent, if a little on the massive-and-vacant side. Stepping out onto sun-drenched balconies, of course, removed even the slightest, curmudgeonly tendency to complain 😉

Some images from the Summit below, and more photos available on my Flickr set (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ikj/sets/72157622703241718/with/4061051725/)

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Digital Shorts slide deck available

I had a really great evening in Manchester last week, presenting the Digital Shorts evening.

The evening was further notable since it was the first time I’ve had a live ‘twittering’ of a presentation (more details on my blog posting).

In the meantime here’s the slide deck, along with a reminder that I’ll be giving this presentation in Brighton on Wednesday 11 February.

InternetRetailer conference

Internet Retailer 2006

I’ll be chairing the “Payments and Strategy” stream at the Internet Retailer conference. There’s a good speaker line-up and some interesting workshops too.

As Editor of www.internetretailing.net I’ll be holding meetings around the conference session – if you’d like to arrange a time to meet there please mail me as editor at internetretailing . net.

I also have five free tickets for the event – see here for details.