The alternative awards for the UK's technology PR and media community...
OK, so the Flackenhack Awards 2007. What's all that about?
Well, you can keep up to date with us at The Flackenhacks Blog. Or simply read on. . .
The idea cropped up when Peter Kirwan - the man behind Fullrun - and the mysterious blogger known as ...The World's Leading...
(or TWL to save on the typing) had a night on the beers and decided
that what the UK technology PR and media industry needed more than
anything else in the world was an awards ceremony.
It probably wasn't true, but through the haze of a few pints of Belchington's Old Peculiar it seemed like a bloody good idea. And even when Peter wrote some eloquent words for the Fullrun in a compeltely sober state, it still sounded like something that needed to be done:
"Unlike other awards, where heraldic trumpeters play a fanfare before dinner, the Fullrun-TWL event will take place in the real world. Our ticket prices will be defined in the real world, too. Accordingly,they'll cost far less than the £450-per-seat price point that results in so few PRs ever getting to see the inside of the Grosvenor House during October.
"Without wanting to sound precious, this is a big part of our motivation. High-priced awards ceremonies have the unfortunate effect of reinforcing elitism within agencies and in-house teams. As TWL asks: "How many hard-working AEs and AMs [working on a shortlisted campaign] have sat disappointed as agency heads have wandered around the office in their glad rags prior to jumping in a taxi bound for the Great Room?" Quite a few, we'd imagine.
"Here's something else we'd like to do: open out the event -- so that it becomes a community happening, rather than a creaky sectoral networking opportunity. In other words, journalists will be there. So will publishers, clients and agency folk. Needless to say, dinner jackets and cocktail dresses won’t be mandatory.
"TWL puts the case for a real-world awards event in its own distinctive style. We agree with pretty much every word of it. For good measure, here are a few more details on what's -- hopefully -- going to be involved:
* A judging team of journalists, assessing the work of PRs and marketers.
* A judging team of PRs and marketers, assessing the work of journalists.
* A portion of the ticket price to go to charity.
* Food, drink and live music. . .
"What more could you ask for? Not much, we hope."
The Flackenhacks: Order of Ceremonies
Hey, it's a party. With some awards in the middle. And nice people in the room.
7.30: Doors open
-- Discreet Prosecco-guzzling and lounge sounds.
8.00: Tech PR
Blogger Face-Off: Open For Business
-- Watch (and taunt) the community's A-list bloggers as they file live from the party.
-- Stroke their multi-coloured fur in our Blogger Chill Out Zone.
-- Wanna blog from the Flackenhacks? Just join the queue. *
Flackenhack Awards 2007
-- Presented by your compere Paul Wooding of Weber Shandwick, esteemed understudy to Bernard Manning Esq., late of Manchester's Harpurhey quarter. With some very special guests . . .
10.00: Hang The DJ
-- John Ozimek takes his turn on the wheel of fortune. Apparently, his noise levels will be acceptable. But can he induce an audience of screen zombies to dance? We think yes.
10.07: Tech PR Blogger
Face-Off: Closed For Business
-- Last A-list blogger falls off perch. Guaranteed.
12:00: Er, Carriages
-- What this means is taxis for the bosses. And, yeah, the last tube for those of you who have had enough.
12.05: The World's
Leading Guide To High-Class Clubbing
-- Can you identify the (necessarily) Masked Avengers and join them on a "louche" tour of London's finest nite spots? The password, in case you need it, is: "Rupert Goodwins".
-- Personal Security Alert Status: Multicoloured and pulsating rapidly. Proceed with caution.
* No, you won't need all of that temperamental wi-fi malarky. We've got four PCs with fast connections on the premises. All you need to do is get the A-listers to move their butts.
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