Gnomedex 9.o kicked off last night in Seattle with the usual cocktail reception at Bell harbor. This year, the theme is “Human Circuitry – A technology Conference of Influence and Inspiration.” This morning the actual conference began with “The Art of the Interview” by Warren Etheredge of the Warren Report. To boil a fun and informative presentaiton down to it’s core three concepts: get their attention, win their trust, and earn their respect. The Keynote speakers were Chris Brogan and Julien Smith discussing concepts from their new book release “Trust Agents“. It was a fast moving and entertaining presentation about using the web to build influence, improve reputation and earn trust. My notes can be found here. Following the keynote was another interesting presentation by Phil Plait about being an active skeptic. In the fast moving world of the web, it’s more important than ever to be an active skeptic and question things. My notes can be found here. Next up? Christine Peterson discussing life extension. How do we slow the aging process and stay healthy longer? There were a lot of concepts in this presentation about getting a baseline on your health, maintaining and improving it, supplement use, etc. I didn’t walk away with anything too ground breaking other than that I really need to drive toward living a healthier lifestyle.
It’s almost lunch time, so we are about a quarter of the way through the two day conference. It’s been a great event so far and there is a lot of interesting content coming down the pipe, so I look forward to having a full head by the end of the day.