CUC is putting in a lot of effort to have hot topics every
year. Last year's theme was "Internet Learning", and we
received a great response from the media, as well as the
public. My only regret is that last year's conference assembled
200 participants, while the conference is able to welcome
500 participants! This years conference's purpose is to
find means of simplifying the search for information on
the Web. The Internet is an enormous resource of sites,
nobody really knows how large. All the tools are not prefect,
the system is quite immense, and often it is difficult to
find the information you require, so this topic is of interest
What will be the theme of next year's conference?
After we handled Internet Learning and the Web as a space
for information, next year we look forward to viewing the
Internet as a tool for cooperation and communication.
Why such a conference? Can Croatia help find the solutions
to these problems?
The Internet would not be the Internet if it were not Croatian
part of Internet, and vice versa. The conference desires
to activate the users community. The conference then is
such a place where people meet, present their ideas and
results, exchange their experience, criticize, compliment...
Can you comment on number of participants entered this
I would have been happier if we had more people participated,
but at least this year the number is higher than last year's.
The number of participants is a reflection of the state
we are in. It is obvious that we in Croatia are not quite
on the same level as some other European countries.
What are the results of the last year's conference and what
do you hope to achieve this year?
It is difficult to measure the results because one cannot
know exactly if something positive occurred as a result
of the conference, or was bound to occur anyways. All in
all, we received a very positive response form the media
and public. Some topics were discussed for the first time,
and some anticipated projects emerged as a result of the
conference (e-school). We consider this a big push for people
in such businesses.
How do foreign guests see the conference, and where would
you place it?
The conference is trying to find its place, and wishes to
be at an international level. One encouraging asset we have
are our excellent lecturers. Last year we were honored to
have as guests Jill Foster and George Munroe, pioneers in
the field of Internet learning. This year we have Mr. Ferguson
and Mr. Baker.
To who is the conference really meant for - professionals
If you are a beginner you will listen to two tutorials,
or two short courses. The program contains activities for
both beginners and professionals, the whole idea is to connect
people wanting to learn and people wanting to teach.
You spent a lot of time preparing this conference. What
would be your greatest award and personal satisfaction?
I hope for full conference rooms, live and active discussions,
and participation of the audience. I would really like it
if following the conference some things would change in
everyday life: some projects be started, and for users to
learn how to use the Internet more efficiently.