Across the world, innovation is lauded by speaker after speaker at event after event, but basically we're sick of it aren't we? You've done something new, oh aren't you clever? In an age when nothing stands still and your phone can be out of date before you've even learned to programme in the time, this conference will celebrate sticking in the mud, refusing to change, and just plain head-in-the-sand denial. As is traditional, the programme will consist of lots of opportunities to sit and listen to other people talk for too long, followed by a few seconds for listeners to struggle to fit their questions into; these will be described as either workshops, seminars, roundtables or plenaries depending on the size of room they're held in. Then there will be biscuits, nothing new or fancy of course, just jammy dodgers and bourbons, and rich tea for those last in the queue. The conference will close with an announcement of next year's event – which will be exactly the same, for obvious reasons.
To be held at the Metrohilton Inn, Manchester, February 1st-3rd, 2013
Full rate (includes breakfast and foil blanket) £375 + VAT
Day delegate rate (includes copy of The Metro) £283 + VAT
Student rate (includes bag with last year's logo) £196 + 4 hour shift on security