Long story short.
- Low clouds, delays flight from Atlanta (1 hour)
- In Miami's piece of shit airport, I turn an 18 minute walk from terminal A to terminal B into a 6 minute sprint. Sweaty is a ridiculous understatement. This was probably the worst thing I could have done becuase it got me to Mexico instead of marooning me in Miami
- Poorly arranged cargo delays trip from Miami to Mexico City (2.5 hours)
- Not one, but two separate instances of misinformation lead to me missing my flight out of Mexico City (15 hours)
- Screaming obscenities in public (priceless)
ME: "When does the flight to Huatulco depart?"
IDIOT: "That one's been changed to 6:55 you have enough time to get there. Follow the M1 signs to gate 19C"
ME: Follows signs to 19C
ME: Does not see a sign anywhere saying "Huatulco"
ME: "Is this the right gate for Huatulco?"
IDIOT #2: "Let me check... Oh. No, you have to go to gate 7"
ME: "Ok. I still have 20 minutes. Sweet."
ME: Goes through some sort of customs checkpoint
ME: Gets to gate 7
No one is there. wtf?
ME: "Is this the correct gate for the flight to Huatulco?"
IDIOT #3: "OHH! No! That left 20 minutes ago."
I actually said to a fellow American in a similar predicament, "I'd give anything to be flying out of Newark right now."
Do with this what you will.
Peach Bowl Contact Info
1) By Fax: (404) 586-8508
2) By Phone: (404) 586-8500
3) Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
and email@example.com -ag
PS: Tell 'em OrangeCoat sent you.
Here's the a link to the cre824 competition websites. Lots of flash. Lots of lefty talk. Let's just say not my cup of tea. That being said, all these sites were built from the ground up in 24 hours and they all seem pretty well-put-together. I have no idea who won though. I was too busy watching Clemson beat Carolina. -ag
On the 3.5 hour drive from Greenville to Chattanooga we listened to Gonzo Marketing which talks a lot about amateurism and dilettantes. Basically, it says that people who are not "professionals" or "experts" work for the joy of learning something new rather than honing what they already know. So far it seems as though the folks behind this conference are doing it for the first time. The only problem is that it doesn't appear they're doing it for the delight of the new experience. I find myself wishing a more experienced and energized team was holding this conference.
The printed brochures, audio/video/lighting and other material is top-notch, but I think cre824 needs a few more organizers and more event/workshop options. I guess I'll learn more about how a conference is executed when we participate in InnoVenture 2006 next March.
I'm definitely not a professional conference organizer or even a seasoned conference attendee, but I have a couple suggestions for the next go-round.
- Hold the conference in Atlanta or Charlotte. Cheaper flights, closer to major population centers, more auxilary entertainment are all good things.
- Charge more money. Presumably that should yeild a buffet of snacks and free coffee. I imagine that people paying more money would feel more compelled to make the most of the experience.
- Hold workshops in smaller more intimate settings. I feel like I'm in a huge formal lecture hall being talked at. This runs contrary to what I like about the internet and I think the format does not fit with the conference's topic.
- Give all presenters a little crash course speech training from someone like Deb Sofield. I'm not saying the speakers were poor, but I know Deb and I know she can give a few pointers that would really sand off some rough spots.
- Have something to do between workshops. Perhaps something that pushes more interaction--especially in this audience of people who spend most of their time in a dark room talking to the voices in their heads.
Looks like the current workshop is about to conclude and my stomach is rumbling. Now I just need to find a place to eat. Man I wish there was a buffet here.
Last several presenters were fantastic. Keynote, Joshua Davis, was awesome. At least makes it worth the trip. I still believe this whole conference could have been condensed into one quality day.
We briefly met the organizers of the conference at Tubatomic (flash req.). They seemed really cool and even gave us some shirts and a poster. Unfortunately, the awards party coincided with the Clemson v. USC game and we had a very difficult decision to make. After watching the first half of the game, we made the decision to finish the game instead of going to the party.