Things I Loved From (My) PICNIC ’10

This article is about some things we achieved during PICNIC that I’m particularly fond of. We made several things right and probably as many other wrong, but I the end it’s those fun, creative and innovative achievements done with the team that I cherish the most. Big disclaimer: I’ve been the Marketing Manager of PICNIC ’10 so what follows can be VERY biased.

Much of it had to do with concentrating in storytelling as opposed to selling, going back to the “festival” experience instead of just a conference and developing a look and feel that was at the same time playful and that offered serious insights in how we can redesign our World (the theme of this year was “Redesign the World”)

Follows a short documentary that we made together with Big Shots to show one side of PICNIC ’10.

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Come to PICNIC’10, Drinks are on Me!

In barely five weeks the 5th edition of the PICNIC Festival (aka PICNIC ’10) will take place in Amsterdam and this is your chance to buy your ticket before they eventually go sold out. (read on to find a special benefit for you!)

PICNIC ’10 brings you the opportunity to Redesign the World – through lectures, labs, workshops, pitch sessions, discussions and a special business program.

To make an impact, we need some help. So we’re asking you — yes, YOU — to roll up your sleeves and Redesign the World with us at PICNIC ’10. Are you up for the challenge?

Of course we can’t possibly redesign the whole world in three days, so we’re limiting our focus to Life, Cities, Media and Design. The high-impact changes these areas are undergoing provide real opportunities to make a difference. PICNIC ’10 brings you a platform to create new solutions for a better world.

Redesign the World, the City, Life, Media and Design at PICNIC'10

As a reader of ConferenceBasics, you’ll get a 15% discount on 1-day and 3-day tickets by using the promocode Conferencebasics15 (note: it’s case sensitive).

On the afternoon of Friday 24 September we’ll be hosting Drinks at PICNIC, a closing networking event dedicated to the attendees, speakers, partner and special guests of PICNIC ’10. Entrance will be 15 euro (with the all-you-can-drink formula) and as a special treat to my readers, I’ll be paying myself for the drinks to all of those that purchase a ticket to PICNIC’10 using the aforementioned promocode.

So what are you waiting for? It’ll be about inspiration, making stuff, meeting new interesting people and chilling-out in Amsterdam all in a very different setup from your typical conference. I bring you an invitation to PICNIC with a special discount and free drinks on Friday evening. What are you bringing?

Click here for more details on the tickets and here for the program highlights. A (growing) list of speakers is available here and I suggest you keep an eye on the news, twitter, facebook or linkedin for the latest updates!

Disclaimer: I’m the marketing manager of PICNIC’10.

A pic from 2009 that gives you a hint on how Drinks at PICNIC might look like

Contribute to Picnic Festival 2010

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Marcel Kampman (photo by Ronniw Besseling)

A Picnic is more fun if you bring something of yourself! – says Marcel Kampman (on twitter), Picnic Festival‘s new creative director (disclaimer: I work for Picnic as Marketing Manager).

Since I’ve been appointed as creative director for Picnic, a lot of people have shared their ideas and plans with me. And that’s great! This page makes it a bit easier to handle all the flux of information.

The page invites people from the Picnic community and just anyone else in the World to share their thoughts, wishes, suggestions to make Picnic the best possible, rocking, amazing, insightful, inspiring, practical event ever! It all starts with a wishful scenario for the near future:

Once upon a Picnic

Imagine it’s Saturday, 25 September. You have spent the past three days at PICNIC. What happened before those three days? You don’t really remember. Both sides of your brain have simply been reformatted. You’ve seen things you’ve never seen before and done things you never did before or even considered possible. You’ve met new people and made new plans. Plans you would have previously never considered yourself to be part of. You feel energized, revitalized and recharged for the coming year. It was the best event ever, like no other. It was PICNIC Festival 2010. (read more & share your ideas)