I thought it might be a nice idea to see who's looking forward to what at next week's Learning Technologies event and if people have specific objectives or information they're hoping to come away with - either from the conference or the exhibition. Then we can look back afterwards and reflect on what we've learned.
I know last year for example, I wasn't expecting to be so blown away by some of the thinking from the likes of Ray Kurzweil and Jaron Lanier. So while that wasn't on my list beforehand, I certainly learned a lot from their sessions!
Would love to hear what your expected highlights are and what you're hoping to get out of next week. And that's whether you're attending in person or following along on the back channel.
I agree Kate - the speakers last year were very good but this year (and like yourself I found them better than expected) the lineup is considerably more impressive. There are very few surprises from the exhibitors (as one would expect) but that is exactly where the speakers can (and hopefully will) make a change.
Commercial companies that need to sell a product (especially in our industry) tend not to take too many risks but people who made their name by thinking 'out of the box' have to, it is those people that I am looking forward to hear from.
Hi Asi, thanks for your comment. I agree, there are some names that people are really buzzing about, including Nicholas Negroponte, Lord Puttnam and Tony Buzan to name but three. I think it's their job to push the boundaries and I'm hoping they do that to the same extent that some of last year's speakers did. Often the vendors are maligned when they're doing a great job - I sometimes think its the customer organisations that are conservative in what they want to implement, which can make the vendors err on the side of caution. That said, I'm really looking forward to hearing some great customer stories and getting inspiration for just what can be achieved in L&D!
I'm looking forward to catching up with you! I'm going on Tuesday to the exhibition only and hopefully some of the free seminars.
What else am I looking forward to re the event? I know the networking will be good and I'm looking forward to meeting up with members of one of my COLF groups, shout out for Paul Gill. Having a good look around and attending a few of the free seminars. Be interesting to find out if they're any good or an excuse for a sales pitch. Although they could be both, in which case I'll still get something from them.
I'm looking forward to attending the conference and exhibition tomorrow/Tuesday and to tweeting about the sessions I attend as part of the back channel team. I agree with Dave that some of the free sessions can be frustrating and a bit noisy! I enjoy networking at these events and finding out what the latest thinking is. I wonder if there will be any surprises? I heard Stephen Heppel recently at the 25th anniversary elearning network event - stimulating and entertaining if you haven't heard him. Hope to meet some new folks tomorrow as well! :)