ALT.NET Seattle Day One

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ALT.NET Opening Ceremonies by Brad

Day one of the ALT.NET Seattle conference is over and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s sessions.

As an Open Spaces event, the first order of business was for us, the attendees, to set the session agenda for the rest of the conference. In the above photo, you can see Scott Hanselman proposing a topic in one of my favorite conference photos taken by Brad Wilson. This process took about two hours after which many of us headed out to Red Robin for a nerd dinner.

This is my second ALT.NET Open Spaces event and I really like the principles set forth:

  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it’s over, it’s over

In some ways, it reminds me of the 10 Principles of BurningMan, specifically these two:

Radical Inclusion

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Participation \ Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

There’s no hard line drawn between attendees and speakers. Everyone is welcome to be both attendee and speaker as everyone generally has something interesting to share, teach, and learn.

The other part I love about this conference is seeing familiar faces as well as meeting collaborators from around the world I’ve never met in person until now. For example, Steve Harman and I finally meet Simone Chiaretta in person, the third Musketeer of Subtext, who apparently can’t keep his eyes open for a photo after being up for over 30 hours due to flying in from Italy.


I look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings.

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7 responses

  1. Avatar for Keyvan Nayyeri
    Keyvan Nayyeri February 27th, 2009

    Haha! Simone had to fly there earlier!
    Enjoy your time :-)

  2. Avatar for Joe Chung
    Joe Chung February 27th, 2009

    Sounds like a fun event. Look forward to reading about it in your blog later.

  3. Avatar for Andrei Rînea
    Andrei Rînea February 27th, 2009

    <sniff> I wish I could afford the flight and the rest.
    I'll probably will when I grow up :P

  4. Avatar for Vijay Santhanam
    Vijay Santhanam February 27th, 2009

    As an Australian, I've never been to ALT.NET or Burning Man, but both sound rad.
    Also, Red Robin sounds delicious with their stupendous burgers.
    I must visit the land of alternatives and mountain burgers one day.

  5. Avatar for Simone Chiaretta
    Simone Chiaretta February 27th, 2009

    I should post my own picture... with open eyes :)
    They took the pics with me being ready :)

  6. Avatar for Andrew Nurse
    Andrew Nurse February 28th, 2009

    Wish I could be there :(. Oh well, next year I'll be living in Seattle, so I'll totally be there :D

  7. Avatar for Cazare
    Cazare September 15th, 2011

    Simone you got to keep your eyes open :))