The annual tech mecca descended on New Orleans in May 2018. It was sensory overload, and this is a retrospect.
First time in NOLA, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, and a Collision tech event – I arrived prepared for the coming shocks and awe. Collision 2018 delivered the shocks and sweet NOLA immersed my awe in tasty food and personalities. My Fitbit logged a little over 11 miles in two days.
I didn’t think it possible to get so much diversity of technologies and an extensive list of celebrities into one venue. Housed in a huge concrete and steel beam trussed arena, Collision 2018 hosted the best in tech tribalism introducing the synchronicity of AI to the mind.
The event housed sleek exhibits and cozy well appointed conversation nooks. Although time went quickly within the confines of Media Village, I stole random moments to explored kiosks that introduced innovations from genius digital marketing applications to health foods that feed brain synapsis.
A freelance media tag offered me a smorgasbord of small and midsize businesses… brilliant startups to explore and share. As one of the voracious, I salivated over an “all you can eat buffet” of tech brilliance and eager startup pitches.
Groups of burgeoning tech commerce kiosks occupied the center arena while larger or established sponsors like AWS flanked its perimeter. They arrived well-armed to garner attention and evolvement with how to tutorials in relaxed settings. The comfy cozy furnishing and libations served well group discussions and introductions. The tech corporate culture of laid back, leaning in, and casual genius felt natural.
Like speed dating an eager and greedy attendee swung from one presentation to the next tasting the latest and most aggressive in technology. All coming away feeling like lucky recipients of cutting edge – that much coveted IT innovation not yet released to the world.
A few of the supreme initiators I wanted to explore more were,
Amanda Denatala and GoWithMeApp offers a brilliant solution to safe dating.
Jean-Marie Grange, Founder of Centify.co brings an elegant simplicity to blockchain utilization that will transform publishing.
Joseph Daniels, Co- Founder of Figgo is the awakening of new energy provider solutions.
Christopher Leacock – Jillionaire celebrity DJ and music producer introduced me to the genius driving his rapidly expanding music influence. Spreading its cultural shifts over generations and continents. It was time and conversation well spent.
Emma Ryan, Co-Founder & CEO WATTL takes digital marketing into the next generation.
and Andre Haddad CEO of Turo making driving luxury dreams come true.
Diversity in genius defined for me the true essence of Collision 2018.
There was no pause in the business of tech consumption at sundown.
When daylight began to fade over gator’s in NOLA, Collision of 2018 continued the business of building new social networks and friendships within the casual elegance of the French Quarter.
In this writer’s opinion Collision 2018 met and exceeded expectations. Looking forward to Collision 2019 in Toronto.
Thank you Eoghan Dillon.