I totally disagree with this statement (see below for the full context) — “The word ‘conference’ is synonymous with bad food, hard chairs and boring speakers. At least it is for many of us.”  But then, maybe I’m spoiled by the organizations I work with as a conference planner (Information Today is a great conference producer), or some of the conferences I attend (FastForward ’09), or maybe I just make my own interesting experiences by networking with speakers and colleagues, choosing good restaurants to frequent with stimulating people who share their insights and ideas, and finding nuggets from most speakers.  Speakers always seem to spark thoughts and ideas in my mind; colleagues never fail to intrigue me with their experiences and practices.  Yes, I’m curious.

That said, here are some links to a program on the future of conferences at SxSW which discusses issues relating to use of blogging and twittering at conferences.  Both of these technologies are heavily used by conferences I attend, many having top trending tweets!

The future of conferences

The word ‘conference’ is synonymous with bad food, hard chairs and boring speakers. At least it is for many of us. But it doesn’t have to be that way and, in fact, it’s already changing. We speak with three conferencing professionals about conferences past and future and the way the industry is adapting to meet changing consumer expectations.