The social factor of @media 2005
2005 at 12.30 pm posted by Veerle Pieters
Well, what can I say, I’m having a great time here. There is really too much to write about, it’s like my head is exploding right now ;-) I feel like I’m living on adrenaline the last couple of days. It’s so intense to have so much fun and meet all those people. The conference was really great on day one and the second day was even better. It was a bit of a rush to get on time.
But let me first address the social stuff so far. I had some terrific moments, even the shorter ones with interesting people. I talked to so many of them that it is hard to keep track of faces and names. But here are my impressions on how I underwent it all, not in any particular order of importance, but here we go. Not to sound like a feminist here but Molly Holzschlag did impress me a lot, talking about a strong, professional woman! She is a real inspiration and example and very warm person. She gave me such a good feeling. Never thought she was pleased to finally meet ME (?). Same goes for Douglas Bowman, my hero! Again he impressed me with the eye-candy of his slides and I felt out of my seat on day 2 when he said that there are stars among us. My name and blog popped up together with Roger Johansson and Faruk Ates, blushing Veerle got out of her seat to say “hi” to the crowd. What a moment there! Thanks so much Doug. Hope you arrived fine today in Copenhagen. Much respect man!
And it doesn’t stop there. I had the privilege to have breakfast with Denis Radenkovic and Jon Hicks, which has in my opinion a high teddy-bear hug factor (hope you don’t me saying this Jon ;-). You are a real joy to hang out with. Andy Budd has been the guardian angel of the whole trip for us. So thanks Andy B. If you ever come to Belgium just give me a call and I will try to be such a perfect host as you. Finally I certainty can’t forget mentioning Andy Clarke, the person I felt much related to because of his design background. He’s such a cool guy to talk to and his presentation was superb. Roger Johansson, the man who learned me so much lately, and his girlfriend of course were fun to hang out with. In fact, they both inspired me to visit Sweden some day.
A follow-up post will come shortly about the presentations that left an impression on me. Last but certainly not least, tons of photos will follow on my Flickr account when I’m back home.