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XOXO, darlings
September 18, 2012 4:58 PM   Subscribe

A festival of indie creativity in Portland, Oregon, XOXO was Kickstartered into existence as an alternative to SXSW and sold out in just over two days. Its speakers spoke of a new kind of individual creative entrepreneurship enabled by technology, and included Dan Harmon, Adam Savage, MakerBot's Bre Prettis (previously) and MeFi's own mathowie, while its attendees were a kind of who's-who of the Internet. Anil Dash wrote up every session, and you can pre-order videos on the main site.
posted by bwerdmuller (13 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
asavage and anildash are MeFi's own too, acourse.
posted by XMLicious at 5:04 PM on September 18, 2012


Not to mention the festival cofounder waxpancake, who I should have linked up top, and probably half the people in both the speaker and attendee lists ;)
posted by bwerdmuller at 5:06 PM on September 18, 2012


Barbelith-founderTom Coates was there too and tweeted about it on and off. He got mathowie's Twitter handle wrong and I gently corrected him.
posted by Kitteh at 5:10 PM on September 18, 2012


An alternative to SXSW - only a short +/-2500 mile drive from Austin!
posted by item at 5:27 PM on September 18, 2012


I put on five pounds, drank with the most down to earth millionaires ever, and got all teary eyes when the two Andys hugged. It was great.
posted by furtive at 5:42 PM on September 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Looks neat, but next year they really need to add a DJ set or a presentation by sahelsounds.
posted by mykescipark at 5:43 PM on September 18, 2012


Everything I heard about this festival made me wish I had the cajones or credentials to go. Good on ya'll
posted by DigDoug at 7:55 PM on September 18, 2012


It was a fantastic event, I feel privileged to have gone. I liked how Matt put it, "the entire conference felt like Andy Baio's linkblog/twitter stream come to life". There's this whole subslice of Internet culture that I've participated in for 10+ years and XOXO brought it to life, in person. I particularly liked how sincere and optimistic people were, nice to have a reprieve from lazy snark.

Everyone's already wondering if there will be a second one. I hope so, because it was so great, but it'll be challenging to keep the same intimate feel.
posted by Nelson at 7:02 AM on September 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


While it wasn't quite the religious experience for me that it was for others, it was still a fantastic event. For as many internet A-listers as there were, everyone was completely welcoming and inclusive.

And I'll echo the sentiments of the others – the Andy's were fantastic.
posted by Exploding Gutbuster at 9:54 AM on September 19, 2012


hooray more news about portland hooray
posted by ethnomethodologist at 12:46 PM on September 19, 2012


Fact: the building in which this event was held also served as Bella's dance studio in the first Twilight movie.
posted by milk white peacock at 6:32 PM on September 19, 2012


I was keenly aware of myself smiling the whole time. This was strange.

I went because both the Andys are incredible models of People Who Ship, and I knew they wouldn't let me down.

And, indeed, it really was an inspirational experience.

They decided to do a Thing, and then they did a Thing. For those of us who have no end of great ideas yet have recurring trouble with the last mile, watching this beautiful thing unfold was very powerful.
posted by thejoshu at 11:16 PM on September 19, 2012


From MeFi Projects: the tweets of XOXO.
posted by bwerdmuller at 5:19 PM on September 20, 2012


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