I am a snob – I like to hang out with intelligent, interesting people. In 2008 I was in two minds about whether to go so I asked the organizer, Neil Davidson, what was the real reason to go. He paused for a moment and then replied “You can get all the information in the talks on the Internet, the real gain is the people you bump into”. I have been to 3 BoS conferences now and I have to accept he is partially right…
Most of the content of the talks is indeed on the Internet but not in an easily digestible format. And the very personal nature of many talks this year, delivered with passion by the actual people means that there was no substitute for being there. The write-ups and the videos can never catch all the energy of being there.
So I am going to write some posts about some of the people who were there and link to their blogs as I think they are worth following what they say. I am going to be selective (otherwise I would be looking at about 350 articles) and biased so why not post what you think – who was your favourite speaker?
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