A Widgets Live Thank You


It has been nearly 24 hours since Widgets Live, a day long event devoted to widgets ended. The morning was spent at Web 2.0 event, and dealing with some server problems. It was nice to see that both attendees and sponsors enjoyed themselves and shared our enthusiasm.

Over 200 people showed up for the event, a co-production of Niall Kennedy & GigaOM. Niall has a wrap-up of the conference on his blog. It is amazing how it began with a simple blog post, with just a couple of lines. A few weeks later, it was all a reality. Much of the credit goes to Niall Kennedy. His grit, and iron will were the reasons we got to the finish line.

A tireless worker, and an amazing organizer, Niall is also a stickler for punctuality, which explains why the conference ran seven minutes overtime. It was a first conference for us at GigaOM, but Niall has an enviable track-record, with SF Tech Sessions and WordCamp.

And now back to Web 2.0 Conference programming!


Allan Wille

Great show guys! Congrats to you both and all others involved in making it happen. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next time.

Ivan Pope

Wow, Niall certainly has an iron will. I’ve never been so brutally closed down while speaking. However, he was completely right – timing is everything and I doff my cap to Om and Niall and look forward to the next event.

Alex Williams

I learned a lot, met a lot of people and saw more clearly how these “widgets,” are the start of something big, what that exactly is I’m not sure any of us fully realize. I especially enjoyed the panel on widget aggregators and the simple, fresh perspecives of Ed Anuff and Ivan Pope.

Congratulations on a great conference and I look forward to seeing what conferences are next from GigaOM!

Niall Kennedy

Conference video is a bit tough to do well. Ideally you’d capture the video output from the presenter’s laptop as well as their actions behind the podium or as part of a panel. You also want to have a direct line-in from the sound board for the best possible audio. Lots of gear plus you have to staff it.

I don’t own any video gear and there was too much work that needed to be done for the attendee experience to worry about capturing the event in additional multimedia formats, getting waivers from each speaker their company, hosting it, and then either monetizing all that work.

Om Malik

not likely. we had the wrap ups here and on niall’s site. that and with what others are writing, plenty stuff. thanks for your kind comments.

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