The two weeks between Orlando and Cannes Symposium this year gives analysts working both events a chance to catch up with families and the work that inevitably piles up; at least for the analysts who are not also at Tokyo Symposium. A few will also do Sydney and Cape Town, which leaves little time for anything except catching airplanes. In addition to catching up, I am chasing last minute changes to the agenda, and finalizing plans for the closing keynote which I will be delivering Friday mid-day as conference chair.
Obviously, I think this is going to be a great event. Analysts and events staff have been putting in many hours to make this a productive, useful week. I’ve been working on the lineup intensively since the summer, and can’t wait to see it start happening. I had a preview in Orlando, but Cannes is always special. Highlights this year will be the industry outlook and analysts’ keynote. We’re trying some new kinds of sessions this year like the onstage tear-down of one of the low-cost PCs which recently came on the market. The panel on cost-cutting is certain to be entertaining as well as topical. We are experimenting with using Web 2.0 techniques in several sessions, where we will use online chat to field questions and answers.
One of the analysts asked if I had a map of the area. Aside from recommending Google Maps, I sketched out this little map which pretty much describes the analysts’ world during Cannes Symposium.
Most analysts stay at the Hotel Martinez, which is a pleasant walk along the Croisette from the Palais de Festivals where most of the activity is. Some sessions are held in the Hotel Majestic as well. Aside from the occasional dinner somewhere else in town, that’s pretty much it.
I look forward to seeing you in Cannes.
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