This past June I organized Red Innova in Madrid (with an outstanding team including founders José María Figueres and Pablo Larguía, director Inés Temes and more), a tech conference that attracted more that 1,500 participants mainly from Spain, Portugal and Latin America and more than 400 startups applying for our startup competition (organized together with BBVA’s Innovation Center). The event had more than 50 international speakers and featured talks, workshops (with brands like Telefónica, Facebook, Google, PayPal, Oracle and more) and the aforementioned startup competition.
This video summarizes the vibes at the fantastic venue Teatro Circo Price (half circus, half theater):
It all started with Rupert Turnbull, publisher of Wired, thanking all the people involved and sharing some very interesting stats about the audience (countries, roles, type of companies), which is very important to makes us feel good for being part of it, priming the start of the event with a positive feeling. Followed David Rowan, editor of Wired, who also acted as master of ceremony and guided us into a parallel universe by stating “you’re not in England anymore, you’re at the wired event”.
Let’s make something clear from the start. Wired UK’s first conference was excellent, from production to speakers to catering, all was high quality. Keep that in mind while you read my review, which is intended for conference organizers, as I focus on several details that attendees usually don’t see or or care for. It’s always difficult to review an event made by people I admire (in this case both professionally and personally) because in the past someone felt offended (though we cleared things up and all is ok now).
The seventh edition of Frontiers of Interaction (web, twitter, Facebook) took place in Florence, Italy, on June 20-21.
I’ve been a regular to Frontiers since 2009 and during 2010 I was its the conference director (had to leave the job in December 2010 because I no longer had the time to run two full conferences in two countries and happening with just a week of time from each other).
This was the first time of the conference in Florence (after successful editions in Milan, Turin and Rome) and it was hosted at the Otel Variete which usually works as a nightclub. The setup benefited from a non traditional venue for this kind of event. The first day was dedicated to multi-track workshops and the second one was for the talks, both with an impressive lineup of speakers from all over the world (highlights: Luke Williams, Amber Case, Zdenek Kalal and Andrei Herasimchuk)
Follows a slideshow of photos I took during Frontiers.
For the last 4 years, TED Conferences have been setting the bar for other events around the world through the perfect mix and interaction of their offline (existing since 1984) and online (TED talks are available since 2006) initiatives. Behind all of it lies impeccable execution through perfect timing. A good example of this is the announcement of TED Global 2011 just one week before TED Global 2010 takes place. Very few event organizers are able to announce the date of their next event and the program theme with a year in advance.
From the email I received 2 days ago:
With only a week to go before 700 among you gather in Oxford for TEDGlobal 2010, we are very pleased to announce the theme and dates for next year’s Oxford conference, and to open registration.
TEDGlobal 2011 will take place 11-15 July under the theme “The Stuff of Life.”
What is life? And how can it be better lived? We invite you on a journey of tantalizing mystery and thrilling possibilities. From the secrets of the biological processes that take place in our body, to the cultural constructs that take place in our society, TEDGlobal 2011 will be a celebration of life in all its forms. During four days, with 50-plus speakers and performers from all over the world, in the inspiring atmosphere of Oxford, we will look at who we are, what we do, and how we relate to each other and to other living organisms. We will analyze the resources, technologies and skills that make life possible and keep it going — and the many things that make it interesting, enjoyable and worthwhile. We will explore themes that are basic to our humanity, and those that threaten it.