Monday, April 16, 2012

Tools of Change Conference

Warren Buckleitner. (Not my photo)
So over coffee and juice and pastries, Cheryle and Denise told us about their trips to Venice and Rome before heading over to Bologna. While waiting in line I met Warren Buckleitner, the editor of the Children's Technology Review. Mr. Buckleitner who is the Editor of the Children's Technology Review, and one of the judges for The Digital Razzie Award (Not to be confused with the Hollywood Razzie Award) chatted with me about his trip to Singapore, where he attended last year's Asian Festival of Children's Content. It's always a pleasure to meet an industry bigwig who is so gracious and down to earth. Thank you, Mr Buckleitner.
Russell  Hampton
Then we headed in for the keynote address by Russell Hampton of  Disney Publishing.  After that we broke up to attend the different sessions before hitting the buffet table for lunch. OK the food was good and the line was long. Kenneth, I hope the food will be as good at this year's AFCC. 
Lunch
We caught up a bit with Cheryle and Denise from Bookaburra. After lunch I headed for Kate Wilson's of Nosy Crow talk 'A Year of Appiness'. She's an incredibly good speaker and very funny to boot so I hope that she eventually makes it to AFCC one year. She's got an incredibly inspiring success story.


I also attended Nat Sims', Night& Day studios, talk which was equally enjoyable. The conference wound up at about 6pm and Kenneth had to attend to a commitment in town before we headed back to the hotel. Exhausted and stuffed from all that eating, we decided on having a light dinner of a gigante gelato before collapsing for a hopefully a good night's rest...we were both up at around 4am the next day, though.

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