It’s been about a week since SXSWi, so I’m more than overdue to post my thoughts on it.
My expectations of this conference centered around panel after panel of mind-blowing Web 2.0 know-how. Instead, however, it ended up being something very different. Rather than the panels being the end, they were really the catalysts for discussion among the attendees. The topics presented, combined with the community of like-minded individuals, led to some incredible interpersonal discussions and great networking opportunities. And to that end, the conference was invaluable.
It was amazing to meet some of the very people who got me fired-up about standards-based Web development in the first place. The “Internet famous” were there in plenty, and frankly, it was pretty neat to spend some time rubbing shoulders with them. But my favorite part was not meeting the “famous,” but rather, meeting those passionate, qualified individuals who don’t necessarily have names for themselves (yet), but are striving to be better at what they do. I want to name a few, but out of fear for excluding some unintentionally, I will refrain. To those of you who fit this description, though, thank you. I came home motivated and inspired by you. Keep up the good work.