I love attending tech conferences and learning new things, so when I shelled out the money for this conference, I reverted back to my teenage self when I bought tickets to see Sting, giddy with hope that this event would blow me away. Ok it was no Sting concert but it delivered. It’s odd that this tech conference should produce such pleasing endorphins as a rock concert, but when you are a little bit geeky like me, you take it all in, drinking directly from the firehose and come out with your mind swirling in great motions, and a nice feeling in your heart that says You’ve found them. You can rest. You’ve found your people.
As a new DAA member, it was a great way to enter the community. Most friendly was Jim Sterne, who opened the conference with his inspirational, humourous talk. I got to hang out with the person that had inspired me to get into the field, Marco Petkovski, who led an inspiring talk several months prior.You meet one interesting person, you meet a bunch.
What I did enjoy was that Stephane Hamel, was there. I had been following him on Google Plus after seeing him in my online UBC courses. They were approachable and helpful to everyone.
Favorite Presentation: Google Glasses into Universal Analytics
My favorite presentation of the conference was watching Benjamin Mangold of I Love Data.
He let me try out his hacked Google Glasses to show me data going into his Universal Analytics, measuring coffee consumption, and talked about measuring dance moves via an X-box Kinect. Pretty cool.
One last highlight, I got to meet Justin Cutroni, Analytics Evangelist. After taking the free Learn with Google classes, I spotted him in the room immediately. He had a checkered shirt and a black simple backpack on. After the initial “Aren’t you Justin Cutroni?” we got to talking. He had been traveling quite a bit and I hadn’t actually thought of the day to day of what an Evangelist has to do, which is to fly around talking about Google Analytics.
If Avinash would’ve shown up, my geek brain might have fainted.