Well after an interesting night (the cheep and cheerful hotel was delightfully both, thin walls and windows did mean lots of noise though) I am here at the convention. Sat in the main hall where they are showing the best of the videos that have been being posted to the web in the run up to the convention.
There are two things I really want to say, the first is how impressed I am by just what a cross section of society there are here, but only in a socioeconomic context, in an ethnic sense the panels and speakers represent a far broader cross section that the audience does. I am not going to attempt to suggest reasons why, I am no expert on these matters, but I very much doubt it is from a lack of trying. I definitely think that it will be one of the things I will be asking the organisers about after, especially in terms of how to fix it next time.
The other is to say thanks to Glyn who is indeed a terribly useful chap.
I am resisting the temptation to liveblog the opening sessions on twitter, mainly because while I have gained access to the intertubes I don’t currently have a socket and I’m not sure how long this battery will last.