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February 18, 2009 11:10 AM

Freedom 2 Connect: A Must-Attend Event March 30th in DC

One of my favorite telecom-related events is Freedom 2 Connect. It dubs itself as "a meeting of people engaged with Internet connectivity and all that it enables" and that really only scratches the surface.

While a smaller affair attendance-wise, it has an amazing concentration of big brains across a wide spectrum of expertises, from network guys, to community leaders, to public interest groups, to creative professionals, to financial types, and everything in between. In fact I'd argue that its percentage of total attendees relative to quality attendees is second to none.

If you need any proof of the quality of people that attend, just check out the agenda.

It's jam-packed with people I can't wait to learn from and chat with.

Also worth noting is that this event is just plain fun. With this many smart, like-minded people in one place the receptions are a hoot. But even more interesting is how David Isenberg, the brain behind Freedom 2 Connect, goes out of his way to enable a different kind of conference experience.

For example, how many tech events do you know of that have a live band that plays between sessions?

David also innovates in his use of a projector to display a real-time chatroom of attendees who can converse about presentations as they're happening. And it wouldn't surprise me if he has some new surprises up his sleeve this year.

In fact, when I think about it, I realize that the only reason I can't yet say that this is my favorite tech conference of them all is that last year was the first time I had the opportunity to attend. But needless to say, I'm confident that after this year's event I'll not only be a Freedom 2 Connect veteran, but also that this conference will take its rightful place at the top of my list for must-attend events for anyone interested in and committed to the broadband revolution.

I look forward to seeing lots of you there!

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