Usually, after any conference, I make a post about the schwag. They did give out a schwag bag this year, and personally, I prefer that. I’d rather my money (and sponsor money) go to improving the conference. They did give us one lovely, little, hard-bound notebook. The cover featured this beautiful shot that also graces the conference website.
I decided to go ahead and use the first few pages of it to capture notes during the sessions I attended.
I thought the badges were fairly well designed this year. The best feature was that the front and back were identical. There were no problems with them flipping around, though the name could have been larger. The badge contained tabbed cards that could pivot out to reveal the schedule. These were also mirrored front and back. To keep the badges to a reasonable size, sessions were only listed by presenter name, not title, which made them a little less useful. Name order corresponded to the room, though that wasn’t indicated. Each morning, as we entered, we were presented with booklets containing full details on all sessions and activities for the day. Before the opening keynote, I would go through the booklet and underline the presenters on my badge that I wanted to see.