Looking for new opportunities to connect with people around business models, business strategies, and innovation, last week I found myself on an airplane headed toward Geneva, Switzerland, to attend “Lift13.” Lift13 is the 2013 edition of the Lift Conference, which has been held since 2006.
I didn’t have high expectations for Lift—I just wanted to check it out. Whatever expectations I had, however, were exceeded by far.
For me, the best part of attending Lift 13 was the people. So many interesting, intelligent, accomplished, and friendly people! Literally, every person I spoke to was a gift.
There was a lot of great talk about trends in technology, where technology meets society, what’s new in mobile technology, in energy, what’s being discovered in neurology, and more. There were also workshops that provided opportunities to discuss, interact, brainstorm, and play. And of course there were lots of opportunities to meet and get to know new people—even a fondue night!
The organizers of the conference clearly have found the right balance between providing great content, providing opportunities for hands-on experiences, and providing great networking opportunities. The result was an environment that allowed you to find interesting people to talk to when you wanted that, engage in an interactive workshop when you wanted a hands-on experience, and to dive into a deep, thought-provoking lecture when you wanted your mind blown.
The conference is truly arranged to allow you to get what you want, when you want.
I’m looking forward to attending next year! The dates for Lift14 are already set: February 5-7, 2014. See you there!
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