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Collaborating at conferences

25 Aug 2005

We did a little experiment in collaborative technology at Adaptive Path’s annual User Experience Week conference. In addition to the normal printed hand-outs and CDROM full of slides, we set up a wiki and gave everybody access to it during the event.

I was surprised how many people took advantage of it. You can see the array of stuff that ended up there on the home page. It’s just really cool to see notes people took during sessions, the blogs of people attending, and even self-organized lunch BOFs and just simple message board-like discussion.

It made me wonder how this sort of connection relates to the problem of paying attention at conferences I complained about earlier here. When technologies like WiFi, portable computing, open software converge, it really can go both ways. I think that makes me optimistic.