This is just a quick post. I’m sure I’ll have a lot more of thoughts that come out of Gnomedex as my brain sorts through all the information that was thrown at it over the course of three nights and two days. First off I have to say that it’s an amazing conference with a very high density of great people and great content compared to most conferences out there.
It was great seeing so many people I’ve only known virtually for years like Bryan Person and Amber Naslund. I met too many new people to list out here. But at the after parties I had amazing conversations with Marshal Kirkpatrick and Warren Etheridge, two brilliant guys I’d recommend getting to know if you ever get a chance. Mark Glaser (Gnomedex 9.0) and Dan Morrill (closing thoughts) have some great posts on Gnomedex. The Gnomedex site will have video of all the sessions. You can see my Posterous shared pics of the conference plus I have a few more surprises that are being worked on as we speak.
I talked to a lot of people there as well as to many that didn’t come. One reoccurring theme is that many who didn’t come felt it was too geeky for them. Not geeky in a bad way but just over their heads. I feel sorry for anyone who thought that. It was only occasionally technically geeky. Mostly it was people sharing their experiences and cool things they were working on.
But I think this perception self selected out anyone who wasn’t there to learn cool things. There was significant lack of sales people and people wondering how to use Twitter. Everyone there wanted to learn something new and cool.
No one was worried about the immediate business application of the last talk. Knowledge is it’s own reward.