I’ve been accused, by a couple people, of becoming a “professaional conference-goer.” I should point out that the people who say this are people that I met at conferences, and I generally only see them when I’m at a conference, so perhaps they have a slightly skewed view of how I spend my time.
But the fact remains that I do go to a lot of conferences. I prefer to think of myself as a conference enthusiast, though, not an aspiring professional. Most of the conferences I go to are in the realm of tech, internet, digital culture, digital arts, or popular arts. I include film festivals too, because, well, I love them. Some are more professionally oriented, and some are more social. In both cases, though, my goal is the same: to meet interesting people and to be inspired.
Here are some the conferences and film festivals that I’ve been to so far in 2009:
- Sundance (January)
- ROFLthing-NYC (January)
- IA Summit & Content Strategy Consortium (March)
- Enterprise Data World (April)
- Notacon (April)
- Tribeca Film Festival (April/May)
And here are several that I’m planning to go to, or thinking about going to later this year:
- Web 3.0 (May)
- Semantic Technology Conference (June)
- Open Video Conference (June)
- Toorcamp (July)
- Defcon (July/August)
- MIMA Summit (October)
- Web 2.0 Expo (November)
I know, you’re probably thinking, “There are whole months in there with no conference plans at all.” But it’s early, yet, and there are a lot of interesting things going on out there.