Erin Moore, Senior Product Designer at Twitter
What do you think about The Conference?
– I can’t say enough good things about The Conference. It’s an event that motivated me to ask interesting questions and have meaningful conversations with people I might not otherwise have the chance to know. I loved that it was big enough to hear and learn from a diverse range of people, but small enough to connect with people in ways that were increasingly familiar over the course of the 2-day event.
Why did you want to participate? What did you talk about?
– When I was asked to participate in the conference, I was thrilled to find an event that was making a very intentional effort to create meaningful bridges between a wide variety of disciplines and interests. As someone who is in love with learning, I was excited to find that the Conference has designed an experience for participants that is as diverse as it is engaging. I talked about how designers can be more purposeful about taking care of the time that people spend with the products and experiences that we create.
Why do you think The Conference has been so successful in attracting visitors and getting a buzz internationally?
>– Undoubtedly, the conference is successful because of the tireless and thoughtful efforts of the organizers, who have a strong commitment to developing an event as well as a community. Unlike other conferences I have attended, The Conference is genuinely committed to building relationships rather than just soliciting attendees. This feeling was tangible in every detail, and I couldn’t help but leave and rave about my experience to friends, colleagues, and collaborators. I can only imagine that the success of The Conference is a result of others doing the same.
Had you ever visited Skåne or Malmö before? What was your impression?
– It was my first visit to Malmö, and it was great! Being there at the same time as the Malmö festival was such a great way to experience the city.
Watch Erin's talk from The Conference about designing for time here
Tricia Wang, Global Tech Etnographer
How did you hear about The Conference?
– I have known about it for a while since several of my friends have spoken there before, and it was really great to hear about it from Martin direct when he invited me. The Conference is really big, it’s kind of a very big event, kind of the South by southwest of Scandinavia or Europe, so in the tech-community a lot of people know about it already.
What do you think about the event?
– Well, you should read my blog post where I wrote about why it is the most amazing event!
– The Conference is different because they have created an emotional relationship with the event, it’s an emotional experience on top of it being a super intellectual experience.
Did you learn or discover something new?
– Absolutely! I went to many different talks. I remember Jake Barton and his talk about the city. I think his talk was really important since he emphasizes the importance of physical connections. As a designer and architect he asks “why am I designing for local spaces if everything is virtual, does local even matter anymore?”.
Why do you think the Conference has been so successful in attracting visitors and a buzz?
– This relates to what Jake Burton’s was talking about, that in a digital world there’s still a need for face to face-connections.
– The Conference has done a really great job of programming an event for people to experience something face to face, it links back to an emotional experience. It doesn’t just begin and end with the talks, they have programed around for the community with night-time events, parties, they get you to get into the city of Malmö and experience the entire city. They have tied it to the city of Malmö, and realized the city is important to the Conference, giving it a context that is important.
Had you ever visited Skåne or Malmö before?
– I had not visited Malmö or Skåne before. I was always in Stockholm for the last few years, but I had never been to Malmö but just fell in love with it and the people, because they are so friendly!
– I think the event is piggybacking on all the additional cultures in Malmö, which is the most diverse city of immigrants in Scandinavia.
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