Big Omaha, day 1

Posted by Gina Pappas on May 10, 2012 |

With all of the anticipation surrounding Big Omaha, the region’s premier event for technology and entrepreneurship, I was more than a little excited to get my hands on my personalized pink and white lanyard at Wednesday night’s kickoff party at the Slowdown. That night was the official start of the fourth year of the conference, which brings together like-minded entrepreneurial and technological types for a three-day festival of speeches, conversation and — most of all — inspiration.

So, did Day 1 of my first experience at Big Omaha live up the hype? I think so. Here’s why:

1) Massive amounts of people: More than 600 people are attending Big Omaha this year. What’s even more awesome is that 27 states and three countries are being represented. Plus,  it’s been reported that more than 400 viewed the live stream of the event.

2) The Tweets. Search the hashtag #bigomaha on Twitter. You will find pictures, video and at least one Tweet per minute from the time the event kicked off on Thursday morning. Tweet a quote from a speaker, watch it get re-Tweeted, follow a new person, gain a follower. Twitter is where some of the most interesting Big Omaha conversations are happening. I was addicted all day.

3) The networking. As interesting and inspiring as this year’s line-up of speakers might be, at times they take a back seat to the connections that are being made throughout the presentations. Attendees are there to network, and striking up a conversation with a perfect stranger is the norm. No awkwardness, no cliques — just real people talking, relating and connecting.

So Day 1 of Big Omaha is in the books, and I’m thrilled to have been part of it. The energy at Kaneko is intoxicating, and I’m looking forward to another fix on Day 2.




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