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James Governor's Monkchips

An industry analyst blog looking at software ecosystems and convergence

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Monki Gras 2018: what happened?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:06:14 +0000

We came, we saw, we celebrated craft jeans. I am really proud of the work we did this year. Well… apart from the sound proof curtains. Spoiler alert- they don’t work. From the perspective of a curator I always hope to see resonances between talks, shadow and light and interplay between different ideas, emergent themes

Opinionated Infrastructure: a Monki Gras preview at Westland London

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:50:07 +0000

While prepping for Monki Gras we decided to shoot an Opinionated infrastructure video as a trailer. While we were scouting for a good location my video guy Jack said: “what about the antiques place?” The antiques place in question, Westland London, has been a fixture in Shoreditch for years, but weirdly enough I’ve never been

Sustaining Craft – quick roundup on Apache, BTC, Pineapple, IBM mainframes and FutureGov

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:52:07 +0000

When you’re curating a conference you tend to see everything through the lens of that event. At the moment I am in full Monki Gras mode. The conference is on the 1st and 2nd of February 2018 in Shoreditch, London. The theme is Sustaining Craft. Where last year we examined packaging, convenience and disposability, this

Welcoming Samantha Burke, managing Diversity and Inclusion for Monki Gras 2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:30:41 +0000

I am really happy to announce that we have someone fab joining the Monki Gras team to manage our diversity and inclusion program for the event: Samantha Burke has a really interesting background – she is an actress, with some really cool Sci-fi voiceover work coming out over the next few months, but decided to

When sustainable fashion jumps out as a theme at ur tech conference

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:58:39 +0000

When I started looking for talks and examples of sustaining the craft for Monki Gras I didn’t have fashion in mind. But Mazz Mosley, lead backend engineer at Unmade proposed a talk, and now a few other examples have emerged. The Unmade story is cool. Not least because I was thinking just this morning how personalisation

Read these posts: finishing the year strong. On containers, voice and Ruby

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:59:22 +0000

As some of you may have noticed I have slightly increased the frequency of writing posts this year. I am pretty happy with some of my work, to be honest. But today I just wanted to share some of the great work my colleagues are doing. Fintan’s post today on containers is just great. It’s

Towards a visual identify for Monki Gras 2018. The Railway typeface

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 23:48:34 +0000

A few months back I wrote a post about Johnston Modern, Eiichi Kono and typeface modernisation as an inspiration for Monki Gras 2018. I wanted to bring Johnston into the design language for the conference. I had been using this image as a touchstone. Glorious original design by Johnston. Not however vector graphics, and the

On AWS and Pivotal, opinions and overlaps

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:27:21 +0000

After a couple of back to back weeks in which I attended AWS re:Invent and SpringOne Platform, with a little time since to think about what I had learned, I got to thinking about the nature of Opinion as Code. Frankly we shouldn’t expect AWS to be too opinionated. Just consider Amazon’s heritage. It began

ICYMI: the re:Invent recap

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:15:00 +0000

We really like the Slackchat format. So much so, that we stole it. This week we had a conversation about the recent AWS re:Invent 2017 conference. There was so much news from the show it’s almost impossible to boil down. My own key post is due tomorrow. But in the meantime, check out the chat

Monki Gras is coming, the goose is getting fat

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:57:54 +0000

While some of you are slowing down for the year end (not those involved in enterprise IT obviously, you’re frantically trying to close deals), we are ramping up. That’s right – it’s Monki Gras season again. For 2018 our conference dates fall on the 1st and 2nd of February, immediately preceding Fosdem again. The conference