How not to impress me

So day one of the Future of Web Apps 2007 conference finished about 12 hours ago – I had a really good time, but more on that later.

First of all, I want to talk about the after-party. This, on promise, sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun, but turned out to be incredibly embarassing and awkward due to the choice of venue, which was The Collection in South Ken.

This bar, should you have not had the experience of crossing its delicately gated threshold, or descended through it almost-porn-but-not-quite hallway, is two things that the venue for a web conference after-party should not be: expensive and full of expensive people.

Now, most people from the conference didn’t actually turn up at the party, but the event organisers, a handful of investors and web2.0 celebs did. Even if the organisers (Carson Workshops) didn’t know that this would happen, they could have had the decency not to invite everyone to a place where we would be looked down for coming in in conference passes and jeans.

Basically, I’m really pissed off. A colleague had bailed on FOWA after deciding it would be for wannabe’s and glad-handers, which is a point of view I don’t share, but I do think that the organisers have no interest in the community which they have drawn together.

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One Comment

  1. doubleoh2
    Posted April 17, 2007 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Woah J,

    This really pissed you off didn’t it. I, like many of the actual conference attendees wasn’t actually aware of such an event and had bolted shortly after last call with a few others to find a pub.

    This problem isn’t unique to FOWA though, I think human nature means that as long as we have groups, we will have a self appointed “elite” within that group* and they will always be more inclined to behave in the manner you have just described.

    * terming them an elite doesn’t mean they are any better than the other members of the community. Note I said “self appointed”.

    Otu