Gel Conference
posted: May 7, 2009
This is the best picture I could find of myself...nice and far away. Photo by Axel Kramer...
Last week around this time I was pretty busy: I was preparing for my Friday presentation at the Gel Conference at the TimesCenter in midtown. Every year Gel attracts about 400 managers, editors, user interface experts, finance name it... from companies like BBC, CNN, Microsoft, Google, YouTube, Time Warner, and The NY Times. The organizer, Mark Hurst, contacted me a couple of months ago about giving a presentation and I was really looking forward to it (even though I had some oversized butterflies flapping around inside my stomach).

Gel is a two-day event, so on Thursday the attendees participated in workshops, tours, and seminars, and Friday was the "theater day", when all 400-or-so attendees gathered in the TimesCenter theater to hear about a dozen speakers present on-stage.

It was an amazing experience and I only wish I had been able to stay to see the rest of the other speakers, which included Steve Heller, author and art director extraordinaire, Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, and Risa Morimoto, who directed and produced "The Wings of Defeat" -- but I had a deadline that afternoon, so back I ran to get to work.