Bad weather not enough to ruin Mardi Gras.
Despite mother nature’s best attempt, the weather couldn’t spoil the second successful Domainer Mardi Gras conference.
The event kicked off last Thursday night in New Orleans, concluding in the wee hours of the morning Sunday. Widespread snow storms made it difficult to fly into New Orleans, but most of the 150-odd registrants made it.
For those that didn’t, Domainer Mardi Gras’ technical team did its best to bridge the gap. Two speakers weren’t able to make it, but a Skype hookup connected Elliot Silver and John Berryhill to the event.
John Berryhill was on a panel I moderated about new top level domain names. It was kind of scary, actually. Picture a 15 foot tall Berryhill on two screens behind the stage.
Michael Ward, Executive Director of the event, deserves props for thinking of all of the details. He did a fantastic job making sure all of the speakers were prepared well in advance, which led to interesting and thought-provoking sessions. Sig Solares and Donny Simonton from Parked also did a great job, making everyone feel at home.
And whomever had the idea to fly in bartenders from Florida (I believe that’s a first for a domain conference) deserves a round of applause.
I can’t wait for Domainer Mardi Gras 2011.