A few of us attended the AlwaysOn Media conference this week in NY. We were only there for one day but it was long enough to know that Tony et al. pulled together an impressive group of influencers to discuss the ever-changing media landscape, and the technology that’s changing it. We were tied up in meetings and weren’t able to join any of the conference sessions, but the AlwaysOn folks do a great job placing screens all over the venue so you can see what’s being discussed from various locations. They also provide webcast access to folks who can’t be there in person.
There is something fun about being in NY to discuss new media trends. It’s always interesting to me when a large contingency of Silicon Valley folks show up somewhere else around the country or world. AlwaysOn occurred on the heels of the World Economic Forum where technology trends were a large part of the discussion agenda. Some of those folks hopped the pond and went directly to the AlwaysOn conference to continue the discussion. I know there are no geographic boundaries to technology and the world is flat, but it does send a powerful message when technology issues and many of the same tech leaders are together for a concentrated period at the beginning of the year – from CES to Davos to AlwaysOn to next week’s RSA show in San Francisco. This year is no different than last, or the many years before it, but I always feel a technology saturation level develop in the early part of the year that will set the agenda for the coming months. And by the way everyone is talking at these various venues, it should be another interesting year for our industry.