As a SXi first-timer, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I knew I'd meet great authors (thank you Andy Hunter for hooking me up w/dual day stage introduction gig) and I thought I'd like some talks. Now, two days later, I'm still feeling the after-glow of five days of awesomeness. This picture from the bottom floor of the convention center sums up my sx experience:
Overall, it was a fantastic revival of creative energy for me. Wonder, play, possibility. Not all of the sessions were great (in fact, many were pretty awful), but as I was telling a friend, the whole was more than the sum of its parts here.
The collective energy of the people, the panels, the parties - it sustained me when 4 hours of sleep did not. Even the crap talks had the benefit of the shadow conference, which David Bryant from Strawberry Frog explains:
"The Interactive conference is effectively two conferences - the real life one where people talk. And the meta-conference where people are... talking about the people talking. This takes place in tweets, blogs, posts, emails, IM and just about everything else. My friend Alan Wolk pointed out that this second conference hosted in the twittersphere is actually the more interesting."
I plan to write about Behance, the brain panel, Bruce Sterling and Rick Webb among others. But for now (as day 2 of music closes in), I just want to bottle the energy from SXi and save it for quick hits later. It was a great time - thanks to all of you who made it that way.