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Interaction10: Coming Up for Air

February 10, 2010 | Comment?

Interaction10 finally happened last weekend. I have barely blogged in a year. This is not a coincidence. A+B=C.

It’s hard to even know where to begin. Less than 100 hours ago, I completed the most significant accomplishment of my career (so far), a year-long project that filled all the nights and weekends outside my day job. Words fail. Holy crap, I just co-chaired a conference.

Interaction10 rocked. Our amazing team pulled off a 4 day event with over 500 people, 11 workshops, 40+ sessions, 50+ speakers, 30+ sponsors touching 11 venues. Crazy complex stuff. But damn, it worked. Completely humbling that many designers are saying that this is the best designed conference they’ve been to, and we’re a critical crowd. Thank you.

The feeling is utterly undescribable to host 500+ people for a weekend, have them all happy and inspired, to see dozens of people that I know and enjoy (sadly in brief bursty minutes), to provide high value content and quality food, all for a reasonable price and still make money for IxDA. But at the same time, I’m relieved it’s over.

Endless thank you’s to Jennifer Bove, Samantha Soma, Ben Fullerton, Todd Zaki Warfel, Will Evans, Jonathan Knoll, Dave Malouf, Jody Medich, Ryan Freitas, Izac Ross, the list goes on and on of all the people who contributed to its success.

I need to reflect on it. I need to share stories. I need to watch all the session videos, every damn one. I need to thank people in depth more than the ridiculous few seconds on stage Sunday afternoon. I need to capture this all before it leaves my head. This is not a conference; this is a body of work.

So this will get me writing again, and that’s a good thing. Stay tuned.

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