Going into a conference you really have no idea what’s in store for you. I mean, you have a schedule of events and speakers, sure, but there really isn’t a tool or metric for measuring/guessing the value at the beginning. It is not until the end of a conference that you are either glad that it is over or you are totally pumped and filled with a life-force so strong that it could shield you from a patriot missile.
For those of you in the Lockergnome community who do not know me, let me introduce myself – my name is 4four1ones (four_ones – HOP in #Chris) I work closely with Chris and the other moderators to ensure that everything goes smoothly on #Chris and just recently, assisting Chris/Ponzi/Kat at my first Gnomedex
Helping Chris Set Up for Gnomedex 2008 in Seattle
Let me update you on where my brain is, post Gnomedex 2008. It is currently running on overdrive! I can’t stop thinking. My mind is so consumed and my brain is so fired up with new ideas, people i need to contact, people i want to contact, twitters that need to be tweeted, blog posts, new relationships, tags, and more, that I don’t even need coffee to focus because I’m in the zone, baby! Honestly, the ideas that are emerging are so powerful, the mere mentioning of them on this post might melt your monitor. That is how HOT, the Gnomedex conference was for me and others.
So, you might be asking yourself, “Self, could Gnomedex really have been this good”? My answer to you is this: ABSOLUTELY! Find another conference where you can do the following:
- help send a young Cambodian woman to college within 30 minutes
- learn about the life and struggles of other countries and figure out what you can do to help
- find out why cats with captions are funny
- get to sit in an aeron chair
- witness new technologies that will help handicapped individuals operate their computers and be creative
- hear what it is like to drive the Mars Rover (does it get any cooler than that? Survey says, NO!)
- be a landmark for wherethehellismatt.com and dance with Matt Harding
- meet fascinating people: bloggers/entrepreneurs/thinkers/photographers/strategists/consultants & more.
- build friendships
- eat wonderful food and sip both the hottest and coldest of beverages
- earn a chance to win some awesome prizes
- and so much more…
And imagine all of this interwoven together by the common threads of technology to produce a fabric that unites us all.
In short, this conference changed the way I looked at the world, helped me find my passions, and guided me towards new possibilities and new friendships. We laughed, we cried tears of excitement, joy and awe, we shared, we built a stronger community, made new friendships and strengthened others, and most importantly, we kicked some major conference ass! One thing is for sure, people will be talking about Gnomedex 8.0 for a long time to come.
All I have left to say at this very moment is – Thank you Chris & Ponzi, and all the speakers/volunteers/sponsors/attendees/#chris chatroom for such a wonderful experience. I will be one of the first to reserve next years ticket to Gnomedex 9.0.
P.S. Lenny will be there next year.