Is it Really a Gathering of Gnomes?

Posted: June 23, 2005 in Uncategorized

My vote for "Best Conference/Wackiest Name" goes to Gnomedex, an absolutely brilliant, self-described "geek" conference which kicks off tonight and runs through Saturday night.

Kudos to everyone’s tech all-star Chris Pirillo for turning this into a "must attend" event…

…not because it’s the most formal or anally organized show… but rather because it’s not:  The show feels like a really great beta test of a tech conference in progress.

It’s clear that Gnomedex is really, truly about its audience.  Chris has the courage to change the speaker line-up at the last minute… heck, outright stop an on-going speaker discussion mid-stream if he thinks it’s not appealing to his beta testers.

As product people, adjusting (scrambling?) is a natural part of what we do on a daily basis.  I think that’s why this show feels so comfortable.  It shouldn’t work but somehow everything gets pulled together and turns out A-OK.

What’s the result? 

One of the best collection of movers & shakers & influencers & do-ers in the blogosphere.  Everyone’s fun, approachable, interesting… and interested in continuing the dialogue.

Good on you, Chris!



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