Monty Munford and James Whelton to keynote at dot conf 2012

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Content strategy guru Monty Munford will take the stage at this year’s dot conf at the National College of Ireland in Dublin alongside CoderDojo co-founder James Whelton.

This year’s dot conf takes place on 15 June. Running for three years now, the event has a grassroots feel and certainly tries to fill in the gaps in digital media lore through an eclectic mix of innovative speakers.

Munford is the founder of content strategy agency Mob76 that helps companies find investment or to exit. He writes regularly on tech, social and Africa for TechCrunch, The Huffington Post and Kernel Mag and has a weekly column for UK broadsheet The Telegraph. He talks regularly on the BBC World Service and at global events covering mobile and digital, and he was previously a Bollywood actor in India. He also writes a blog.

A teenage coder and entrepreneur who was the first person to hack the iPod nano, James Whelton co-founded CoderDojo with Bill Liao. This movement of free coding clubs for young people has now spread across four continents. Whelton travels around helping to set up Dojos all over the world, working on the core of the movement. He also often partakes in spontaneous street breakdance battles.

Also speaking at dot conf this year will be Eamonn Carey of Klip, a former journalist who set up his own digital media agency Random Thoughts in 2003 and also sold his stake in a Dubai-based digital media company.

Other speakers include Irish International digital strategist Dena Walker, Cisco senior UX manager Mark Conguista, social media consultant Ann Marie Boyhan, Beaut.ie founder Kirstie McDermott, iQ content strategy chief Randall Snare; and presenter mentor Rowan Manahan.

Booking is now open.

There will be 300 spaces available and like previous years, attendance is free.

Digital marketing course

The National College of Ireland will be launching its new digital marketing course at this year’s dot conf. Promising a degree-level qualification in 26 weeks, the course is accredited to the Higher Education and Training Awards Council at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The course will be led by a seasoned team of digital experts and practitioners and the course covers everything from analytics to UX (user experience), social media, strategy and tools to trend.

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and Siliconrepublic.com has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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