I’m speaking of the all-day ‘experiment’ (that’s what I’m calling it), ReInventLaw Silicon Valley 2013 conference this past Friday. Is that a criticism? Not at all. This was the kickoff event of a collaborative effort; law students, professors, technologists, investors, inventors, attorneys and everything in-between, all convening in one place (The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, to be exact) to talk about the future direction of law practice. Approximately 40 speakers in all. You read that right; 40 speakers in a single day (enough to make an LPMT Chairman cry).
And what did we see? Good talks, bad talks, decent talks, shameless sales pitches, moderately-shameful sales pitches. Terrible speakers with outstanding messages, outstanding speakers with terrible messages & mediocre speakers with mediocre messages. Speakers who went on too long, speakers who didn’t go on long enough and speakers who were juuuust right (yes, this was the LPMT-equivalent of the Three Bears…).
And of course, live streaming Tweets hosted on a PC with an IP-address conflict (DHCP, my friends; old school!). There were funny tweets about there only being five ties in the room (I happened to be one of them). My response was to create the hash tag, #thesmartesttiesintheroom.
In other words, I had a great time! It’s very easy to criticize something like this, I suppose, but the organizers were able to land many hard-to-attain speakers while simultaneously coaxing approximately 350 people (by my rough count of how many actually showed up vs. the 500 tickets that were distributed) to convene in one location for a healthy exchange of ideas.
I gotta go…my porridge is getting cold…