All in all, it was a great experience and I'm glad I was able to go. The primary reason this was possible was that it was held in New York City and I can pretty much toss a dead cat east and have it land smack in the middle of 7th Avenue. Without airfare or the extra time and expense of having to travel to the conference, I was able to go. I couldn't have done it last year in San Diego and next year in Chicago doesn't look promising.
The programming was great and for the most part I was happy with the sessions. I learned a great deal and heard some excellent conversations. I'll probably (hopefully? maybe?) talk more about these topics in future posts so I'm not going to dive in here. There were a few instances where I felt that the moderators could have directed the conversations better, but it didn't detract from the overall impact.
The Expo had lots of fun swag. And yes, if you heard Trojan was there giving out vibrators it's true. I know what you're thinking, so let's get this out in the open:
- Yes, I got a vibrator.
- Yes, I had a conversation, in public, with a man I don't know, about vibrators.
- Yes, Trojan really is making vibrators and yes you can get them in places like Walgreens or CVS for a reasonable price.
- No, I haven't used the vibrator yet and no I won't tell you when I do or what I think of it.
- Yes, this is the most times I've typed the word vibrator in one day.