A collective “nice to meet you”

It seems like after every conference I come away with a handful of business cards and the intention to follow up with lots of new people and possibilities. However, my intention does not always translate into action. Although I still hope to contact these folks and/or blog about about all the cool things they are doing, for now I am going to do a brain dump to document (and lazily ping) everyone.

  • Tom Ficklin, CIO of Empowerment New Haven (Connecticut), was probably the first person I met. We first crossed paths watching basketball in the hotel bar and I enjoyed checking in with him throughout the conference.
  • I didn’t get to speak with him for very long, but I enjoyed the great presentation by Ethan Zuckerman, and was pleased that he remembered meeting me over 2 years ago at the Emerging Democracy thingy in San Diego.
  • Another person who I met at a conference in in 2004 was Eddie Codel, who has been doing tons of great things including Geek Entertainment TV for which he shot a lot of video this week. He is also organizing VloggerCon to be held in San Fransisco next month.
  • Justin Perkins is just another person to add to the list of nice folks at Care2.
  • Ivan Boothe of the Genocide Intervention Network was a major force at the conference, he contributed insightful blog entries and comments in the hallway, and I really enjoyed talking with him. I’d like to connect him to my new colleague Tom Glaisyer, who shares Ivan’s interest in how social software can be used to prevent genocide.
  • I was happy to run into my friend Kellan Eliot-McCrea who now works at Yahoo which is located in Silicon Valley (of course). I also got to meet two fierce coders who are friends of Kellan’s: Josh Crawford of the Brattleboro Collective and Evan Henshaw-Plath, aka Rabble, of Odeo.
  • I already mentioned how great it was to meet Tantek and Kevin from Technorati, but I may have to follow uo with them as I’m still not sure my tags are working correctly…
  • On the second day of the conference I sat down with my laptop determined to catch up with my e-mail. Haney Armstrong of Omidyar was very understanding of my anti-social behavior and I fortunately got to make up for it when he helped me figure out Second Life (his name: Haney Heaney) later that afternoon.
  • I had the great fortune to also share my table with Sharron Rush of the innovative Austin nonprofit Knowbility and Jayne Cravens who is a true pioneer in the field of virtual volunteering. Both of their reputations preceded them. I had heard of Knowbility because they do some work tied into South by Southwest each year to promote web site accessibility, and I knew of Jayne because she has been a a leader in my field since before I was in it (and that’s a long time)!
  • Another person who helped and promoted my entry into Second Life is James Au of New World Notes. He is somewhat of a honcho in SL, which you can tell because his avatar “Hamlet Au” has his own last name.
  • I enjoyed walking (to dinner) and talking with Amit Asarvala, who does web strategy for Tech Soup. I should mention that I actually hung out with a lot of TechSoup/NetSquared staff this week, but I didn’t get their cards because I already know them. Rock on Marnie and Billy and everyone!
  • At dinner I was chatting with a nice group of people and didn’t even realize I was talking to Tobias Eigen of Kabissa until he gave me his card. His parents are German and he said my last name (which is Austro-Hungarian) means “meaningful.” How cool is that! Meeting him reminded me that I want to hook Tobias up with the African nonprofit that I met through IFI Watch Net a few months ago.
  • I also have to mention that I finally got to spend a little quality time with the fabulous Susan Tenby, who is the goddess/ruler/cheerleader/director of the TechSoup community. I have been wanting to hang out with her since we first met about 3 years ago. She is responsible for getting me to start playing with Second Life, where she is known as Glitteractica Cookie, and I hope we get to hang out more either in this life or the second one.
  • Another person I enjoyed seeing was Holly Ross who is the director of programs for N-TEN. She organizes their conferences which I have been attending for the past few years. This was the first time I have seen her when she had time to think, talk, and discuss. I was really impressed with her sharp thinking about political issues. She also said that she was very excited about the new Executive Director that N-TEN had just hired, but she wasn’t at liberty to say who it was. Well a big announcement came out yesterday although I can’t find it on the web anywhere – congratulations, Katrin!

1 thought on “A collective “nice to meet you”

  1. Hi Ruby. Great to run into you again as well! That GETV episode will be coming soon. I’m involved in Vloggercon, but I can’t take credit for organizing it. It’s a grassroots group effort with lots of great passionate people involved. Take care.

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