Public speaking after Google

  • Bidex, London, March 2017. Upcoming talking about ad and analytics blocking. Will cover what data from Blockmetry says and how businesses can respond.

  • Search London, January 2016. Spoke about how to prepare for Google's upcoming mobile-first index. I wrote this guide instead of sharing slides.

  • Ungagged London, June 2016. Scheduled to speak, about, as you might guess from the name, something secret ;)

  • I Love APIs Europe, London, 2 March 2016. Scheduled to speak part of a panel titled "How to Build Grassroots Support for Digital" part of the Strategy track.

  • Reykjavík Internet Marketing Conference (RIMC), Reykjavík, 12 February 2016. Spoke about major industry trends for 2016, including Facebook Instant Articles, Accelerated Mobile Pages, Apple News, and ad blocking.

Public speaking as a Googler

I used to host Webmaster Office Hours, some of which were recorded. I also spoke at conferences worldwide; here is a fairly complete list of events you might have heard me speak at:

  • FTC's Start with Security, San Francisco, 9 September 2015. Spoke as part of a panel about embracing security features, specifically for the web, including HTTPS/TLS, content security policy (CSP), subresource integrity, and more.

  • SEJ Summit London, May 2015. Gave a counseling session hoping to mend the relationship between a business's digital presence and its mobile users. No really.

  • International Search Summit London, May 2015. Talked about user and technical aspects to consider when building a multilingual and multinational site, especially about mobile usage worldwide.

  • Search Trends in 2015, Search London. London, January 2015. Will be talking about Google indexing.

  • UKMW14: Museums Beyond the Web. London, November 2014. Ignite-style talk about mobile-friendly websites.

  • Pubcon. Las Vegas, October 2014. Talked about mobile SEO.

  • Google I/O 2014. San Francisco, June 2014. Gave a talk called HTTPS Everywhere with fellow Googler Ilya Grigorik about building secure (HTTPS) websites that are fast, and how to migrate to them without hurting their SEO.

  • SMX East. New York City, October 2013. Spoke in two sessions, one about mobile SEO and one about authorship.

  • RIMC 2013. Reykjavik, March 2013. Spoke about common mistake when building smartphone-optimized (and mobile in general) sites.

  • Search London's January 2013 meetup talked about Google's recommendations for building smartphone-optimized sites.

  • International Search Summit London, November 2012. Had a "fireside chat" Q&A style session about international webmaster issues.

  • SMX Advanced, Seattle, June 2012. Announced Google's recommendations for building smartphone-optimized websites. See the blog post and the recommendations themselves.

  • SMX London, May 2012: Spoke about how to do rich snippets and authorship markup right.

  • International Search Summit London, May 2012: My talk was about the recent developments in rel-alternate-hreflang annotation for multilingual and multinational sites.

  • BrightonSEO, April 2012: Was on the "Ask the Engines" panel with Dave Coplin (Bing UK), Martin McDonald (Expedia EAN), Rishi Lakhani (freelance SEO), and chaired by Tony Goldstone (Fresh Egg).

  • Think Visibility, March 2012: Talked about Google's discovery, crawling, indexing and serving pipeline.

  • g|jordan 2.0, October 2011: Google event held in Amman, Jordan. I answered webmaster questions, gave demos of Google Webmaster Tools, and also helped answer questions in the Ask a Googler session.

  • a4uexpo London, October 2011: I ran an Open Q&A for webmasters with my colleague at Google Kaspar Szymanksi.

Public speaking before joining Google

  • Locate, Collate and Aggregate session, JISC CETIS Conference 2010: Talked about my experience in building an open educational resources (OER) repository with content from multiple sources.

  • Mozilla Drumbeat Learning, Freedom and the Web Festival November 2010, Barcelona: I helped run the Open Content Studio at the Drumbeat Festival in November 2010. Topics discussed included the future of open educational resources (OER), how to improve the discoverability of OER, particularly OCW, and helping write a Creative Commons-licensed textbook on web development. The Open Content Studio was a collaboration between Flat World Knowledge, the OpenCourseWare Consortium, Connexions, and me as OCW Search.

  • MongoUK, June 2010: I spoke at the MongoUK conference on 18 June 2010 in London about my experience building a full text search engine for MongoDB using Sphinx. My slides are on Scribd: MongoDB Full Text Search With Sphinx.

  • SES London 2010: I spoke at the Automating Twitter session at Search Engine Strategies 2010 in London. My talk was about analytics for social media marketing. Whenever you launch a marketing campaign, you need to measure it in detail to understand its performance. The presentation covered some of the important actionable metrics you need to track, with code examples of how to track them. Other key topics covered were filtering, automation, and reporting, all of which feed into experimentation to find the most effective marketing messages.