The last and most personal one of my series of posts in covering the SMWF ! TGIF !!
I’d really like to introduce you to the people who I think are innovative forward thinkers and great to be around.
Top participant: Josh Chandler
At 19, he was by far the youngest blogger / influencer. And despite his post on the logistics of the conference, he was also, by far, the most upbeat, about smwf when most were disappointed. AND he also holds the record of the most helpful guy around, running from the conference rooms to the bloggers lounge to lend his iPhone charger to bloggers he’d never met before.
Top brand name and product discovery: wtfJeans ! A line of jean’s specifically designed for geeks, it keeps your stuff (all of it) snug . A great idea by Sanja Rastovac who’s also a blogger.
Sanja is the girl with the red hair and the great ideas: her business card is half the size of yours (not mine, obviously, since I don’t do biz cards) and says “Remember me , I’m the one with red hair!”. Then there are 2 keys, one “delete” and another “save”. The perfect geeky girl statement. I LOVE it !
Friendliest exhibitors: the Viadeo team.
Yes, it is another online social/professional network but its focus markets are the southern ones. Smart thinking. They have properly staffed their stand with 4 people (5 at times) and offered daily sweepstakes for a magnum of Moët & Chandon champagne … and had huge, I mean HUGE, — erm… shall I call them vase-like containers ? — huge containers filled with sweets and lollipops (lollies as they say in the UK) of all sorts.
On top of that, I had the opportunity to talk business with them. I’m actually on their network and well, as you may have noticed, the code of the share button for Viadeo was corrupted and I had to tell them… They thanked me with even more sweets (how old am I, exactly again ?).
—> A special mention to Wayne Gibbins (@waynegibbins) who’s currently on some beach in Asia (it’s ok for some, eh ?) and Rosveisa Curioca (@Rosveisa) their über multi-cultural and social girl. You guys are definitely good at socializing on and off line !!
Multi-lingual blogger Karin Aldea put me to shame. I can speak a few languages but have elected to blog in English. She, on the other hand, tweets and blogs in three languages: English, Hebrew and… not sure about the third one but I think it’s French, eh oui ! She came all the way from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Finally, an impromptu group of bloggers formed at smwf at the “bloggers lounge”, as the first day was drawing to an end.
I’d spoken to Chloe Nicholls, aka @ThatGirl_Chloe on Twitter but not seen her. She recognized my smile as she came and sat next to me at the lounge.
Sanja I’d met in the morning as I was trying to get connected to the more-than-unreliable wifi juice. She sat there too at the end of the first afternoon.
Nichola Stott was typing away all day and I sort of just walked up to her and started chit chatting. She is very very very much the dream professional and business owner. Her drive and energy are truly inspiring.
So there, see, I did have a good time.
And I networked as usual. This morning, Nichola sent out a really great #FF to me as “Multi-lingual and uber-social @merrybubbles is one kick-ass blogger.”
Thank you !
In conclusion: smwf wasn’t all that bad — thanks to the fringe happenings !