After two action-packed days of knowledge-dropping, networking, and nitro margaritas, Opticon 2015 has come and gone. In the last 48 hours I’ve been inspired and challenged. Educated and excited! A little bit exhausted … and extremely entertained. But don’t just take my word for it.
This post tells the story of Opticon, as it unfolded through attendees’ eyes.
Best of Opticon 2015
On Wednesday night, Opticon Eve was upon us. While some tuned into the NBA finals, others were gearing up for the two days to come.
Crazy excitement all over SF right now for #Opticon2015. Honking, cheering, hugging, even the bball team is celebrating.
— Grigoriy Kogan (@grigoriy_kogan) June 17, 2015
DAY ONE of Opticon kicked off with a huge announcement…
From Optimizely CEO and Co-founder Dan Siroker: Optimizely Personalization – a new product built to reinvent an old idea and, in the Optimizely tradition, make it easy and accessible for all.
Excitement-filled applause echoed throughout the room (and across the interwebs).
— Marissa Deslatte (@MarissaDeslatte) June 17, 2015
— Arpitha Timmaraju (@rpthat) June 17, 2015
After the keynote, Shana Rusonis shared the findings from our first industry Benchmark Report.
Shana walked through the methodology behind the report and gave an in-depth presentation on some of the most surprising and meaningful results.
Meanwhile, the live chalk mural was off to a strong start.
Next up was Marc Andreessen…
Attendees flocked to the main stage for a fireside chat with Marc Andreessen, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Marc answered tough questions on the future of technology, the term “disruption”… and killer robots.
— Segment (@segment) June 17, 2015
— Katie Rinkevich (@katierink) June 17, 2015
The rest of the afternoon was packed with engaging sessions on all-things-Experience-Optimization. (Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing full recordings and slides for each session soon!)
When not attending sessions…
Opticon-goers participated in intimate Optimization Roundtable discussions, chatted with peers in the Expo Experience, ate It’s-Its, and, kicked back to enjoy some San Francisco sunshine.
Energized with new optimization knowledge (and fueled by ice cream) attendees took to the lawn to show off their bocce ball and corn hole skills.
And as the competition heated up, so did the Opticon Bash…
With a rockin’ DJ, a live graffiti artist, and (my personal favorite) nitro margaritas.
Pro-tip: No party is complete without a Bubble Man.
Meanwhile, back at the live chalk mural…
— ROI·DNA (@roidna) June 18, 2015
Caffeinated and ready for action, DAY TWO kicked off with excitement and…
In her Thursday morning keynote address, Mary Hamilton, Managing Director of the Accenture Technology Labs, spoke about the transformative power of emerging technologies and hyper-connectivity in the way businesses deliver experiences to customers. Think: wearables, virtual reality, self-driving cars, eye-tracking… and more.
— Robin Pam (@robinpam) June 18, 2015
— Tam Vo (@tamiam) June 18, 2015
We also celebrated the 2nd annual Optie Award winners!
The Opties are comprised of nine categories that highlight cutting-edge Experience Optimization programs.
After Mary’s keynote and the Optie Award ceremony, Opticon-goers split off to (grab snacks and) attend the day’s sessions of their choosing.
Panelists from 99Designs, Demandbase, Hipmunk, and Optimizely hosted a packed session on the 21st Century Marketing Stack & Team – discussing tools, martech, and team structures that today’s successful marketing organizations are investing in. Jon Miller, Co-founder and CEO of Engagio (formerly of Marketo) hosted a session on Account-Based Marketing; and Netflix’s Patrick McGrath spoke on programmatic ad buying and optimization.
— Bradley Heinz (@bbheinz) June 18, 2015
— EJ Lawless (@elawless) June 18, 2015
(Reminder: Stay tuned, we’ll be posting session recordings soon.)
As DAY TWO came to a close...
It was time to say fond goodbyes to Opticon 2015, and the connections made over the course of the conference.
— Sara (@saramarielittle) June 19, 2015
— Amplitude (@amplitudemobile) June 18, 2015
A sincerest thank you…
To all who attended (in person or in spirit) for making the past 48 hours such an inspirational, educational, and truly memorable experience for all who participated. Can’t wait to kick it again with all of you next year!