Photo: Dan Hawk
Rewind 2016: Portland Post-Show Pontifications
Last week we wrapped another chapter in what has become our flagship show in Portland. We once again managed to wrangle, coerce, bribe, and threaten our way into assembling a stellar cast of 15 speakers who were willing to take the stage and share their thoughts and insights.
Organizing and putting together a conference can be a big question mark in the minds of the organizers and staff right up until the first day. There’s quite literally a million things to focus on, and while we’d like to say we have it down pat after all these years, there is always a little breath holding as we cross the threshold on day one. When it all wraps, however, and we step back, take a breath, and assess how things went we realize just how little there was to worry about and just how much we love what we do. This year just further cemented that resolve. And frankly, why wouldn’t it? The Portland show kicked a commensurate amount of ass (Don’t believe us? Check out the pix on Flickr)
Our first day saw a series of fantastic workshops set amongst the beautiful background of the re-vamped, and fabulous spaces of PNCA. Who could have thought an old government building could look so good? Those seven presenters dropped a river of knowledge on attendees and covered a range of topics from career highs and lows to the future of smart cities and agriculture.
For day two and three we transplanted to the newly revamped Revolution Hall (another amazingly transformed location) and saw sessions from a total of 14 speakers. The topics covered were diverse, engaging, and significantly relevant. And despite that relevant context and import of information, we still managed to have a few laughs (thanks to Mike Monteiro, Aaron Draplin, and several others) and eye opening moments (hello, Thea Boodhoo and Antonio Garcia) that made us stop, think, and want to take action.
As usual, we meticulously recorded each session and have plans to release those over the next few weeks. That way we can all re-visit our favorite points while feeding the Twitter machine some juicy soundbites. Our first video from the show (shown above) is Aaron Draplin’s engaging and sometimes hilarious tales from a large man.
We’re also scraping together decks from our speakers so you can see some of the notes and points they brought out in their sessions. We’ll be sure to get those posted once we’ve got them all in order.
Regardless of how good the sessions were, we completely realize that without you, dear conference goer, we’d be preaching to the crickets. Our mission is tech and our passion is design, and we’re thankful that you allow us to share those goals with you each and every year.
Next up is our show in Barcelona this July.While we’ve once again started to cross our fingers in preparation of our time in Spain, we look forward to being back in our Portland next year writing the next chapter.
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