We actually arrived quite early, but I've always said its better to be early rather than late.
Altogether there were about 60 delegates and 10 exhibitor stands will about 15 exhibitors, maybe more, but we digress.
I only attended the first four sessions of the event, this was the introduction, a chap who was talking very generally about Green IT and then a lovely Irish lady who works on a project for JISC, to do with the measurement of the financial benefits of moving to a Greener IT estate, rounded off by the IT manager of Gloucester College who gave us a run through on what they were doing, quite impressive if a little cautious in their approach.
We had a very long conversation with somebody from the rather large government organisation that is based in Cheltenham about Green IT, they did mention a few things which I was quite surprised at, but given their needs it makes sense for them to go down this route rather than adopt more conventional methods.
We also had a talk with representatives from the Environment Agency who were very interested in our PC power management solution and the low carbon, low energy compute solutions from Very PC, not for themselves unfortunately, but to advise their clients that such products are available.
We recognise that we are very knowledgeable about Green IT and what purports to be Green IT but isn't, but we are always surprised at the lack of knowledge in the general public and for that matter in some IT professionals so we like going to these events to catch up with Colleagues and to cascade our knowledge and thoughts around to others.
And on that note we've been very pleased we some of the feedback we've received as a result of our Green IT talks to BCS and UKITA branches over the last few weeks, we contacted a few of the people that gave the comments and requested their permission to quote them so heres a brief selection of them:
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Paul Shonk BSc (Hons) MIfL MBCS Teacher of IT at Alton College
Margaret Ross, Chair of BCS Hampshire branch"
Thank you all for inviting me to talk on this subject to your members, I find it very enjoyable and look forward to updating the talk in 2-3 years time, hopefully the doom and gloom would have lifted a little or I'll be able to report exciting new developments in either energy or IT that will go some way to allievate the problem.