O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo Berlin (after experiencing New York one)

While killing time on my flight to the next event, I started thinking about what could O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo Berlin mean for the attendees.

Web 2.0 Expo 2007
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What I discovered at this NY event is that because they brought in a lot of out-of-town people they mingled a lot in the hallways, allowing everybody to casually meet others from the industry that are a bit more visible or work for bigger web companies. I also saw basically everyone at all the parties and social events, which by the end gave the whole event a nice homey filling.

I also noticed more people were using backchannel, CrowdVine and Twitter that provided valuable insights at what was happening at other sessions or extra events that I missed for some reason.

My Perfect Plan for Berlin Web 2.0 Expo

The idea of this plan is to take a week off, and fully dive into the “Web 2.0” scene. Taking this much time, should allow to actually meet everyone enough times for initial bonds to start happening (and maybe also some idea sparks).

"Controversy was not the byproduct of the strategy... it WAS the strategy!"
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The whole event starts with Barcamp, unconference that is designed by participants. By now these events were done so many times that people have some great presentations ready. More prominent speakers also often speak at Barcamps to test their material and see how well they actually explain their material.

After weekend, you can take monday morning off, to go see the city, but preferably you’ll meet enough people at Barcamp that are also new in town that you can arrange a meet up and go around together or just hang together for lunch. Doing something topical around your interests (semantic web, python enthusiasts, etc. is often good enough excuse to meet).

Alternative is to go to Facebook Developer garage and meet the people who create one of the main social networks of this age.

Make sure that you don’t miss the Ignite event in the evening, as 5-minute presentations are usually extremely enjoyable and there’s a good excuse to go for a beer with fellow geeks afterwards.

Then the whole conference starts with the workshop day. I’ve attended workshops a couple of times and I can say that they’re usually worth their time. There’s also a lot less people attending so it gives you easier time to meet new faces in less crowded environment.

The conference and expo days are great by itself, but I’m not going into detail about this since it’s well covered in other people’s writing.

Afternoon parties and extra events are also something to keep an eye out. Conference pages usually have a list of unofficial events, that might require separate RSVP, but keep you busy and mingling.

For bonus points, don’t go home the very next morning. If you can stay another day in the city and hang around at post-conference breakfast or arrange another topical meetup. This way you’ll get to meet yet another group of people.

Party, party, party

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Reading above plan assumes a lot of partying and mingling. For me that’s the main thing about the conferences, as you get to meet all these great people that you can then start forging alliances together or just have great time. Since almost everyone will be from the industry, most of the time the talk will be about things that are somehow related to what we all do, as such you’ll get first hand experience and by listening to lots of anecdotes get some new perspectives.

(this post was inspired by sheer greatness of O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo NY and I don’t get anything in return for writing it)

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7 thoughts on “O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo Berlin (after experiencing New York one)

  1. What is this Zemanta tool that everyone is talking about. This expo sounds fun. I don't know if you have heard of the Blog World Expo but this is show you should definitely attend.

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