I’ve been to a couple of great events lately but with conferences costing €100 and upwards…not to mention time out of the office, it can be hard to pick and choose which conferences you can afford to attend…or not to attend as the case may be!

There are a growing number of quality free events springing up all around the country – two Dublin events that spring to mind are the Digital Mizfits events organised by Suzanne Fitzgerald of Moo Pictures and the Measure It! series run by Damien Mulley of Mulley Communications (haven’t managed to get to a Measure It! myself but reports from others indicate it’s well worth popping along if you can….next one is August 4th).

This Irish Internet Association and the National College of Ireland are hosting the “Dot Conf” on July 22nd – registration at 10am with the first speaker kicking off at 10.30am. According to the IIA:

the dot conf is a new web technology conference for anyone who works, rests or plays with the internet. It’s a one day event and it’s free. Essentially it’s a teddy bears picnic but with internet folk instead of bears.”

It’s a full day event being held to mark the launch of the NCI’s new MSc in Web Technologies with an interesting mix of speakers and best of all it’s free.

My mission of 2010 is to get out and about more, flashing business cards like a blackjack dealer so I’ll certainly try to get along to this.

Click here for all the details or check out this video on the conference:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsni1woHPOI&feature=youtu.be&a

[Nod and a wink to Sinead Cochrane on whose blog I first spotted this]