This weekend was one chock full of things to do here in Portland, especially if you are an iPhone-toting, Twittering designer or marketer.Ãƒâ€š Inverge, a two-day interactive convergence conference, kicked off Thursday and had a mix of techie marketing presenters. Then, on Saturday, cre8con, Portland's one-day creative conference, took off with artists inspiring us with their processes.Ãƒâ€š Both conferences were really cool, especially if you're a geek like me.
The PDX Twitter culture exploded. Anyone not attending the conference could keep track very easily, thanks to the constant tweets of PowerPoint slides and in-the-room happenings.Ãƒâ€š Tweets on Inverge can be found here, the best of which are from Carri Bugbee though I contributed a little as well).Ãƒâ€š And it appears many did follow the twitter feeds, since at one time “inverge” took the lead in twitter searches over the Republican National Convention.Ãƒâ€š Cre8con even turned it up a notch by capturing video of the conference (all except, perhaps, of the Focus Features Coraline scenes that are to be kept from the masses.)Ãƒâ€š And as soon as it's online (after the awesome works of Johnny Hartman and Rod Pitman who filmed everything documentary style), I will post a direct link in the comments to this post.
At Inverge, I remember Renny Gleeson's shoes and that Karl Long re-introduced us to the world of cat photographs with funny sayings.Ãƒâ€š Though both men's presentations were much more educational of course.Ãƒâ€š By the way, good LOL cats are here, if, God forbid, you're interested in this:Ãƒâ€š http://icanhascheezburger.com/
Amber Case had one of the more innovative approaches to speech giving at Inverge.Ãƒâ€š She live-twittered (with the help of Bram Pitoyo) AS she gave her presentation.Ãƒâ€š In essence, each slide was read and twittered simultaneously, allowing for a true convergence at Inverge.Ãƒâ€š The icing on the cake was the last presentation, given by Paul Matthaeus of Digital Kitchen, who delivered a perfect blend of useful information and pop culture eye candy in the form of his reel and supplementary video.Ãƒâ€š To get a taste, you can see one of their reels here.
cre8con didn't disappoint, even following the Inverge fill.Ãƒâ€š The vivacious damali ayo was a delightful presenter, and her perfect hoodie, which solves many previous hoodie problems, became a hot commodity shortly after her time on stage.Ãƒâ€š Jelly Helm, with Wieden + Kennedy, was a natural and impressive presenter.Ãƒâ€š Visibly nervous (or just a really good actor), the funny-named guy got on stage and delved into his background and path up to w+k and peppered it with gems of knowledge what to do if you are interested in the advertising world.Ãƒâ€š He was easily relatable and genuinely smart, and the audience got behind him right away.Ãƒâ€š Another speaker worth mentioning is Laika's Brian Van't Hul, whose presentation was honest and interesting, with pointed facts about what happens behind the scenes when shooting miniatures in a major motion picture.Ãƒâ€š Van't Hul even showed never-before-seen clips of Focus Features' Coraline, before even post-production had gotten to them.Ãƒâ€š By the way, that is going to be one creepy little flick!
A note to the organizers of these conferences:Ãƒâ€š While both conferences were in excellently-located venues and had enough good information and inspiration flowing, please be sure to have proper power and wifi in the conference venues next time!Ãƒâ€š Inverge had no power so us twitterers were fighting battery life; cre8con had no power or wifi signal in the auditoriums whatsoever.Ãƒâ€š And maybe I stand alone, but I, for one, do not think all these events should collide in one massive weekend (and this includes MFNW and TBA).Ãƒâ€š Sadly, my MFNW wristband is still sealed in an envelope; I was just too damn tired after each day of conference attending and twittering to go out to midnight-starting shows, not to even mention the Belmont Street Fair!Ãƒâ€š It may sound great in theory or be good for all those out-of-towners, but this is one Portlander who could use a breather in between such greatness!Ãƒâ€š But all in all — a great weekend, and I can't wait to see what next year brings.