Web 2.0 and social media expert – and friend – Stephen Collins has teamed up with US based hinchcliffe & company to deliver their Web 2.0 University programs in Australia and New Zealand. That tells me that Web 2.0 University, which frankly I had not heard of until now (not that that means anything other than what it says) is a quality item (otherwise Stephen would not have touched it). Web 2.0 University

Web 2.0 University offers participants “a thorough grounding in the revolutionary world of Web 2.0, a set of design patterns and business models that are reshaping the face of the Web today”. Stephen Collins

Stephen, CEO of acidlabs, is not only a human dynamo, highly entrepreneurial and an active participant in online social networks. He is also immensely knowledgeable about Web 2.0 and all sorts of related geeky subjects. He is an excellent communicator, generous with suggestions and advice to others and has the gift of being able to explain very geeky concepts in terms the rest of us can grasp. And he has a great sense of humour. If you’re not following him yet on Twitter – where his handle is @trib – you’re missing out.

From conversations with Stephen and an interview I did with him some months ago, I know that he has a keen sense of the challenges facing companies in terms of grasping what Web 2.0 is about and how to design and implement strategies to get the most value from what Web 2.0 offers.

And as Stephen’s business is based in Canberra, the Australian national capital, and he does work for government agencies as well as in the corporate/private sector, he also understands the rather special circumstances within which public servants have to operate to wrangle Web 2.0 solutions. I’m not guessing here: I’ve talked to Stephen about this and, as a former public sector executive myself, I know that he knows the language.

So public sector managers and executives, as well as those from the private sector, can be confident of getting value from any course Stephen runs.

The first event planned as part of the linkup with Web 2.0 University, the Web 2.0 Executive Bootcamp, happens next month in Sydney, on Tuesday, September 23, as a pre-conference day for the Web Directions South conference, September 23-26.

The Web 2.0 Executive Bootcamp is described in the company brochure as follows:

An in-depth, single-day workshop that explores the use of social media platforms to increase collaboration productivity and business outcomes by using Web 2.0 tools. Includes a detailed examination of early case studies and best practices.

For more information such as who the program is geared for, see the explanation on the Web 2.0 University site under Web 2.0 Bootcamp.

I understand from Stephen that the regular market value of the bootcamp is US$895, which is just over AU$1,000 today. The inaugural southern hemisphere Web 2.0 Executive Bootcamp is being offered for less than 50% of that price, AU$450. A steal.

You can register for Web 2.0 Executive Bootcamp at https://secure.webdirections.org/wds08/register/billing

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Des Walsh is an executive coach. He helps business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide deal effectively with the feeling of being left behind or overwhelmed, or both, about social media – especially LinkedIn - and how to engage safely and effectively with social media to help grow their business. Connect with Des on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get Des’s weekly Social Business Bites (select snippets of his "best of the week" online finds).