Etech: how to really screw up a conference
It is the last day of Etech and the people are slowly coming into to see a last day of exiting panels and sessions.
So much for the theory.
In practice we have been moved to one upper floor to three small room, which after 10 min start of the conference are already highly smelling, overcrowded – and most of the people are not even here.
The wifi is – again – dropping on and off and let’s not start to even talk about those hall: No chairs around (people are sitting on the ground in hope of having a power plug somewhere, sit in the windows, barely three sofas with a little chair), no refreshments, only in the shorts breaks and very careful guarded by the employees. To give a more visual of this: People are buying themselfes coffee at the Starbucks downstairs.
Well, lunch will be good, as we have to get this on our own today – somewhere perhaps is a place for probably still at least 700-1000 people.
Since I started writing the article, about another 50 people came into the hall – well, they will not have a place to go anyway.
Well, and that is only 45 minutes into this day.
What do I think about the conference so far: It is nice to drink a lot of coffee and talk to people in the hall. But for that I don’t need to come to this kind of conference, I can attend a bay area geek dinner or visit some companies.
The only in any way exciting stuff until now where the multi touch sensor table and Phil Torrone robot stuff. Not a lot for 3,5 days of a conference. Flying 9 time zones for just chit chat in the floor room?
Oh and good news for the next Etech? It will be in the same hotel – again. From my point of view I don’t think I need to come back for that except a very exciting program it put onto the table.