Gnomedex - The Gathering of the Geeks
Iím back from Gnomedex and it was an amazing conference. I have to consolidate all my notes and figure out where to publish the vast amount of info I gathered. Probably will do at least one Inside Business column on it.
Expect some on the Magnum site and some in this blog. Maybe a few items just for the Magnum PI people.
Here's 2 things to whet your appetite.
Having a Wifi network and 600 or so people with wifi devices changes the whole makeup of an event. When a speaker asked an obscure question for the raffle prizes, he didnít realize (at first) that hundreds of people were googling and would have the answer in seconds.
People took cell phone camera photos at the event and they were immediately available on the site moblog.
Instant messaging and blogging were ubiquitous. You could even change the crowdís reaction to a speaker by blogging to the others and asking them to make a noise the next time a speaker said a certain word, for example.
Another amazing thing was the audience. I knew the speakers would rock - John C Dvorak, Tim OíReilly, CmdrTaco (Slashdot founder), Nelson Minar of Google, Jim Louderback, Dan Gillmor (San Jose Mercury News), Chris Pirillo and others were great as expected.
But the audience was loaded with heavy hitters. Example - As Pirillo spoke about the importance of RSS (probably the topic of my October Inside Biz column) he pointed out some people in the audience like Scott Johnson who wrote Feedster.com and Nick Bradbury who wrote Feed Demon (he also did Homesite).
The place was packed with the heaviest of hitters - especially in the RSS, Blog, on-line publishing world. Way cool.