Future Of Web Apps Miami 2008 – My Thoughts

This is the first time I’ve attended a conference of any kind, so I was not sure of what to expect. Although from reading some reviews and watching some clips from previous FOWA(Future Of Web Apps) events it looked that it was the kind of conference I would enjoy. Anyhow lets cut to the chase and list my first impressions…

The Best

  • Kathy Sierra’s presentation “Creating Passionate Users” and the slides that went with it. I specially enjoyed the slide that showed a confused user in front of a monitor with a cloud saying WTF?? that was priceless.
  • I enjoyed Blaine Cook’s presentation and the pandemonium while he was speaking(Twitter went down and some where going nuts over that and his cellphone didn’t stop ringing while he was up in stage).
  • Leah Culver’s presentation was good she came across as humble and very energetic speaker. She acknowledge some mistakes she made while developing Pownce. Acknowledging mistakes and trying to tell people to avoid it is not something a lot of people do.
  • The Launch a Web App in 40 min. panel.
  • Cal Henderson’s presentation was my favorite of the day, he talked about robots, kittens and stuff…
  • Gary Vaynerchuk kicked some ass too with his presentation. Actually I think of it more of a motivational speech than a presentation. I didn’t know who he was or why was he relevant to the conference. But after seeing him on stage I think he really represents what he talks about. He is very charismatic and the only negative thing I could point out is that he is a Jets fan(Go Dolphins!).

The Rest

  • Tantek Çelik and Brian Oberkirch where good hosts, although at times they seemed to lack some emotion while speaking.
  • Matt Mullenweg’s presentation was good and insightful to me, however he spoke somewhat fast and was a little too technical for some of the people who went with me to the conference. Nonetheless his presentation was enjoyable.
  • Kevin Marks’ and Emily Boyd’s presentations where interesting, but a little too long.

The Bad

  • I thought Matt Marshall’s presentation was very dull and how many times did he mention google? a gazillion times during his presentation.
  • Microsoft’s presentation was kind of pointless and it was more of a demo than a presentation. From the two demos presented the first one didn’t quite work and well it was basically MS version of Google maps. The second demo worked better but the accompanying explanation was not very clear.
  • Bagels for lunch? Bagels are OK for breakfast and morning break, but for lunch? fortunately there was a Burger King three blocks north of the venue.
  • I didn’t really get to meet new people, but thats just me.

Overall the event was very interesting, it was well organized and the experience as a whole was a first to me. I really wish I could have made some new friends at the event. I also wish I could have met some of the speakers and established some kind of connection/contact with them, but I guess them being some kind of celebrities it makes it hard to contact them. Thats all for now.

update: finally got myself to upload the 3 pictures I took at the event.  I should really really get a NEW Digital SLR, anyhow here is the link to my FOWA 2008 Flickr set.

One thought on “Future Of Web Apps Miami 2008 – My Thoughts”

  1. Hey Joe, thanks very much for posting your thoughts about the event. I’m part of the carsonified team which runs FOWA, and it’[s really helpful for us to find out what people think. Sorry you didn’t get to make the most of the opportunity to meet new people – sometimes you have to be a bit brash and just get out there, but that’s easier said than done i know! We hope you come back next time!

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