The Future of Conferences

[Re-post from April 1, 2009]

I attended an excellent conference today on digital marketing where I heard interesting speakers (including David Plouffe, who was Obama’s campaign manager), visited sponsors’ booths, and met new people in my field.

The best part was that I did this all right from my desk – no need to pay for a plane ticket and hotel room, take days off of work, and generally disrupt my schedule. It was an incredible experience that I highly recommend that attendees, sponsors, and event organizers try themselves.

The conference was organized by and was free to attend. There were thousands of people online from all over the world.

I definitely see this as the future of conferencing. Have you ever attended a virtual conference? If so, how do you think it compared to a physical-world conference?


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