Yes, 12-12-12 is actually “the end of the world” that the Mayans foretold. If you are interested in the end of the world, and the start of the new world on 12/21, check out this post. But basically if you believe the Mayan prophecies, we are leaving an age where people are disconnected and moving into one where we people are connected and collaborative.
So this is not going to be the typical conference update – its more on the over-all theme of the conference. If you want details about the releases and tech, check out this official DellWorld blog.
How weird that that was the message from Dell World this week. The opening party on Tuesday night was all about connecting and sharing the Austin experience – food trucks and live music. And the most amazing concert from Camp Freddy inside the Moody Theater (where Austin City Limits is filmed). My friend Amy took some amazing pictures. Everyone jammed out – the music helped everyone remember how we felt in the late 80s/early 90s. To watch these amazing musicians from so many different bands collaborate to do covers of songs they didn’t do back in the day…it was amazing. I mean — Mark McGrath sang THIS SONG and it freaking ROCKED! Yes, Mark “Sugar Ray” “I Just Wanna Fly” McGrath.
I think that song sticks out because of the stuff I did in the 90s and in college – just reminded me of why internet technologies are so important to me. We have the opportunity to change the world by connecting it – and that is one of the points President Clinton made during his keynote (on the last day of the world!). He talked about how important systems are – which of course for me is a passion! He also talked about how technology can bring the world together. Some quotes from his keynote:
- In a world that seems full of zero sum games, I believe that the future is networks of collaboration & interdependence
- Non zero sum games makes sure everyone wins
- We live in a world where we are compelled to share the future
- We have to create a new future where we share prosperities and responsibilities
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