[technology taskforce] TheVerge: Why Slack could be the future of conferences

Beran Dondeh berandondeh at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 22 07:15:37 UTC 2015

Perhaps we could use it to also share info among our ALAC colleagues on where to go and what to do in dublin

You want to start it off Dev or perhaps Glenn /Judith 


"There is nothing more difficult to arrange and more dangerous to carry through than initiating change..." Machiavelli 

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> On 21 Sep 2015, at 16:50, Dev Anand Teelucksingh <devtee at gmail.com> wrote:
> http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/18/9349425/slack-future-of-conferences-xoxo-festival
> Excerpts:
> "...at the XOXO Festival...I saw a new app remaking the conference
> experience in more ways than I could count. And the app, strangely
> enough, is Slack.....
> ....Here’s how it played out at XOXO Festival, the 4-year-old creative
> playground curated by internet heroes Andy Baio and Andy McMillan. The
> Andys, as they are collectively known, bring together comic-book
> artists, web developers, musicians, designers, startup CEOs, and other
> creative types to discuss the challenges and triumphs of making things
> independently, online and off. They limit attendance to about 1,000
> people chosen through a lottery; the people who attend include many of
> the forward-thinking types you once found at South By Southwest. And
> this year, more than a month before the festival, they created a Slack
> team that anyone attending was free to join....
> By the time XOXO got underway, attendees had created more than 150
> channels to discuss and organize around nearly every topic imaginable.
> The most widely read channels were "the commons," where the Andys
> posted news about the festival relevant to all attendees. But
> subgroups formed in a hurry. There were channels for discussing
> accessibility; channels for singles and the polyamorous; channels for
> people interested in cannabis; channels for attendees who identify as
> LGBT. Some channels had dozens of members; others had 10 or fewer.
> The result was that by the time many attendees arrived in Portland,
> there was already a subset of their fellow festival-goers waiting to
> greet them. And throughout the three days of XOXO, Slack was a
> thriving hub of conversation, offering a place for attendees to
> encourage and congratulate speakers, ask questions about the event’s
> code of conduct, and find like-minded souls with whom to sneak out and
> grab a beer, or a bite, or whatever."
> Dev Anand
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