www.theverge.com - 1 year ago

Why Slack could be the future of conferences

We go to conferences to meet people, whether for business or personal reasons, and yet often I meet far fewer than I hope to. Inside a crowded convention space, things can turn cliquish in a hurry. Come lunch time, I'm right back to being the new kid at school, sheepishly hunting for a table that will accept me. Want to know anything about the strangers around you? Just read the fine print on their name badge, and do it before they notice and think you re staring at their chest.

Little about this experience has changed in the last 50 years, and technological efforts to reinvent it have largely stalled out. Glassboard, a private messaging app often recommended for conference-goers, shut down last November. Lanyrd, a full-featured app for...

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