Today, I learned that the ballroom is not necessarily the best place to see a keynote. If you’re in, say, the bloggers’ cafe, you see the keynote, you can talk during the boring parts, and interact with others in real time during the talk. Sure, you can do (some) of those things in the ballroom, too, but it’s a very different atmosphere. It’s informal, yet still serious. Now, if I just would have had my laptop, I might have been able to participate in the online backchannel more effectively.
Here are pictures taken in the blogger’s cafe during Malcolm Gladwell’s presentation tonight.