As P2P conference photographer, I covered ever inch of the Westin St. Francis today … at least twice. After a while, people began to ignore me and just go about their business. That’s exactly what I wanted.
A theme began to emerge as the day unfolded. The first red flag was that speakers weren’t dashing for the lounge after their talks. In fact, they were actively loitering in the halls.
“What the heck is going on here?” I wondered. These guys are actually hanging around talking to anyone who’ll stand still. Maybe there’s something in the water. Afterall, this is San Francisco.
Then I overheard Bob Young, Red Hat Chairman, chatting away outside the Colonial Room. He said something to the effect, “This is really great. I’m as excited about going to the sessions and listening to what’s happening as I am about participating in the panels myself.”
I took a few pictures, but continued to listen as I snapped away. That’s when it dawned on me: These guys were enjoying themselves.
Maybe there’s something to this “next big thing in computing” tagline being tossed around. It’s not for me to say. But I will say this … It’s been a long time since I’ve seen speakers, attendees, and vendors hanging around in hallways shooting the breeze about computing. A very long time.