Live from DEMOfall 2006 Monday 9/25/06

Today was a day of rehearsals, pavilion setup and a presenter’s briefing courtesy of the DEMO cast and crew.

DEMOfall 2006 9/25/06

After setup, we had a bit of time to kill, and then it was off to the 6 p.m. event reception. Talk about pulling out all of the stops! It was an incredible mix of demonstrators, attendees and media – along the harbor outside the Sheraton, which also partly bordered the poolside with lively waterfalls.

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The crowd

DEMOfall 2006 Kickoff
Chris Shipley

DEMO is an event like no other, and the energy-level definitely hit the stratosphere – or maybe that was simply nerves, with anxious speakers anticipating their looming presentations which start tomorrow. I’d like to believe that it’s more of a positive sign that events such as DEMO are timeless. In good times and in bad, innovation is constant.

DEMOfall 2006 Kickoff
Steve Wildstrom

The event was packed to say the least, but I was able to meet many of the presenters (which honestly is too much to list here, considering that they’ll be highlighted in the next set of posts.)

I would like to mention that I bumped into Mike Langberg, San Jose Mercury News, Liz Gannes of GigaOM, Rafe Needleman of CNET, Steve Wildstrom of BusinessWeek, John Furrier of PodTech, and Daniel Terdiman of CNET.

DEMOfall 2006 Kickoff
Liz Gannes

DEMOfall 2006 Kickoff

DEMOfall 2006 Kickoff
Rafe Needleman

So tomorrow is the big day. Things kick off at 8:30, with an action-packed day slated for presentations and demonstrations in the pavilion.

For more pictures jump to flickr.

For live video casts, visit Vic Podcaster’s HotfromSiliconValley .

Also Greg Narain is down here blogging live from row 2!




Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research firm focused on disruptive technology. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. Solis is also globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. His new book, What's the Future of Business (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. Prior to End of Business, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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