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Apart from the Belgian TechCrunch meet-up that was sold out in no time, there is a lot going on the next weeks for bloggers and geeks.

-9/11: Blogboat 1.0 in Ghent. With citizen journalism expert Dan Gillmor. Registration via this wiki.

-12/11: BrusselsGirlGeekDinner in Hasselt. Subscriptions via this wiki.
Topic: Music and technology featuring Audiocubes demo by Percussa.com’s Bert Schiettecatte.

-17/11: Mobile Monday in Brussels. Subscriptions via this website.

Program:

18.30 Welcome – Wim De Waele (IBBT) http://www.ibbt.be/team#wim

18.40 Mobile Advertising what can we expect in Belgium- Fabian Tilmant (Cleverwood) http://www.cleverwood.be/blog/

19.00 Start-up case – Jean-Paul de Ville (Pumbby) http://about.pumbby.com/

19.20 Debrief of MobileMonday Stockholm session – Tanguy De Lestré

19.30 Drinks and networking

And the really nice part? The three events are for free! They cost nada, nothing, rien du tout!

I’m heading to Ghent today, for the 8th edition of the Belgian Girl Geek Dinner. For the second time, I take a so-called ‘sacoche’ with me. Translated that means ‘handbag’, which refers to the guy a girl can take with her.

For the first edition of the Girl Geek Dinner, Maarten Schenk was my ‘sacoche’, for this edition Hannes Couvreur will accompany me. I met Hannes during my journalism studies a few years ago, we lost contact a bit, and are now back on track because our intrests have somehow developed in a similar way. Web 2.0, creativity, blogging,… Things we both follow and bring into practice.

Theme of the Girl Geek Dinner is Art and technology, with Eric Joris (performance group Crew) and Eva De Groote (Almost Cinema festival) as speakers. Also Jan Leenders, the Belgian artist who made my wonderful Twit2Art, will be there. The next Girl Geek Dinner will be hosted in my hometown Hasselt by the way.

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The Belgian public broadcast company VRT has launched a brand new news site called ‘De Redactie’. The website brings a lot more news on video than before and also the local news has become more important. The Belgian blogosphere right now is mainly discussing the lay-out. Is it more user friendly or not? Most people tend to find the website less intuitive than the former one.

At any case: for other Belgian media companies, this news is not about ‘is this new website more user friendly or not’? It is above all a very hard nut to crack.  The public broadcast company ‘breathes’ thanks to the Flemish government and therefore doens’t the feel the commercial pressure other media companies are dealing with every day. In my opinion, it therefore has more resources to experiment, be innovative,…

Don’t understand me wrong: it’s important to have a public news company. But it’s not easy for other news companies not funded by the government to keep up. Innovation is ok, but for a company like mine, it also has to bring some money at the end of the day…

 NOTE: since today (8th of January), De Redactie is also availble in English, German and French

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