I've been thinking a lot about Interaction 09 | Vancouver of late, but every
time I do, I get sucked into the worm hole that is the exhilarating memories
I have of Interaction 08 | Savannah.
Whether it was Bill Buxton's keynote, the amazing food, the gathering of
amazing people, I'm always drawn to one memory that is mine and that memory
gets me even more psyched to try and top it in 2009 @ Interaction 09.
Imagine, just after Alan Cooper gives his opening keynote, a small group of
interaction designers are huddled around Alan, but standing next to him is
Bill Buxton, and then comes along Aza Raskin standing next to Greg Petroff
(Interaction 09 chairperson); and Ok, what the hell, I'm standing there
too!!!! The conversation doesn't matter. It was just amazing, to engage with
this amazing mixture of legacy luminaries and game changing
techno-designers. The rest of the conference after that moment was just a
series of blurs with codas of amazing food, and stand up speakers inspiring
even more "hallway" (in quotes b/c the hallways were the historic environs
of Savannah) conversations.
How could I not return to see if we can pull this off again! And I know some
might think the videos gave them what "they needed", but no one watching the
videos had an experience like the one described above.
*So I ask again, what was YOUR memory of Ix08 | Savannah?*