Yesterday the doors of the first web 2.0 expo in New York closed. Was it a good conference? A good show? I guess for the organizer it was. They already announced that they will be back in fall 2009. It was crowded, the expo was sold out … and some exhibitors told me they were overwhelmed by the response they’ve received.
For me as an attendee, I have “mixed emotions”. Here are a few points I want to share with you and tell you why I feel like this:
- knowing the San Francisco event, the quality of the keynotes was less here in New York
- too many “duplicates”, people who’ve spoken in SFO performed in NY as well
- nothing really new, no cutting edge stuff!
- web 2.0 open wasn’t appreciated
What I really liked about it
- was the different audience
- the audience here in New York is much more business oriented than the SFO crowd, they really search for: what is in it for me? They want to know the real benefits!
- it was a kind of wake up call for the city: if the web takes New York, it will take some important industries and this will push the economy
- if have seen some good friends and made new ones:-)