Networking

Guest post by Alon Alroy of Bizzabo. 2 weeks ago I attended one of the best mobile events of the year, the MLOVE ConFestival Europe. Wired Magazine has called it the “TED for Mobile” – it truly is. The venue, speakers, activities and attendees, can all be described as “inspiring”. Unlike many conferences and events […]

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As an Advisory Board member of SXSW 2012 and a 3-times veteran of the event, the organizers interviewed me about what is the best “tool” to network with other attendees.  SXSW was interested in stories about particularly serendipitous moments from past SXSW Interactive Festival that we have attended.

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Reflecting over a busy year of conferences and the main characteristics that made my experience as an attendee better, I always come back to event size and intimacy. In his recent article “An industry challenge: build “MicroSXSW” to bring back fun times at SXSW”, Robert Scoble complains on the big size that South by Southwest […]

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In a previous article I wrote that the 2010 edition of Le Web had about 3,000 attendees which could be both a networking blessing or a nightmare.  For me it was the former as I managed to have those 8 or 10 meaningful meetings that justified my stay in Paris. I was able to do […]

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When talking about a conference, past or present, one of the first questions asked is the number of attendees involved. It seems that an event for 3.000 people is better than one for 30. Apart from events that live through selling tickets, in which the amount of units sold is one of the main metrics […]

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The Poken is a small cute electronic gadget resembling a USB key that according to the small Swiss company that created it can become your social business card.

It is based on RFID technology and it allows you to share your online social profiles like LinkedIn, Facebook and MySpace or instant messaging contact like MSN (much more services are added frequently through Poken’s powerful API that does not require the company to make a partnership agreement with the websites involved).

The Poken resembles a japanized creature with a white four-fingered hand. To connect to a friend you simply have to do a “high-four” between two Poken’s little hands. A light will blink showing the result of the connection and the data communication lasts about one second (it can hold up to 64 profiles at once inside the memory of the Poken). It even has a “discreet mode” so that you can fake a connection with people you don’t really want to share your information with.

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