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Coming to Minneapolis in June: PUSH conference


I got an email from the conference, inviting me to participate: PUSH is where business leaders go to get a first-look at the ideas, technologies and people that are inventing the future. If your work belongs in this category, and you’d like the opportunity to demonstrate its promise to our audience, we invite you to apply for one of up to eight 6-minute slots on our program.

We are looking for people whose work has real break-through potential. Through MNstories.com and your blogging and vlogging, you connect your audience with interesting and talented people.

I was honored that they thought of me, really. The only problem is it would cost me $1,295. I was actually shocked until I realized that's also the price of attending the conference. Essentially, you're paying for the conference and the chance to spend 6 minutes demonstrating your work for an influential audience.

Still... maybe it's my ego here... but they should be paying me $1,295 to share my work with their influential audience. The Push audience of "investors, journalists, bloggers, potential strategic partners" are paying to learn what's next. I'm what's next baby! I don't need them to tell me that, and I sure as hell ain't gonna pay them to tell me that.

"BE HERE. OR DISAPPEAR." That marketing pitch is aimed at people afraid they'll miss out on something. I'm not missing out on anything - I'm creating creating creating.

Well, okay... I'm missing out on a great lineup of speakers.
Maybe I'm just bitter that I can't afford to attend cool events like this.

May 4, 2007 at 03:56 PM in Dandy Foppery, Thought Candy, Videoblogging | Permalink


No, I think you're right. I call bullshit on them making you pay to present. That's not how any other conference I'm aware of operates. And it seems just a little bit too much like the Poetry.com thing. You too can pay so that you can stand on a stage in front of other suckers who paid to stand on stage.

Posted by: Lorika at May 4, 2007 4:26:53 PM

Well, it's not that bad. They attract world-class speakers and seem somewhat modeled on the TED conference. Maybe this would be right for somebody... heck it would be right for me if I had money and yet somehow was really eager to reach the PUSH audience. But I keep coming back to this: They should pay me to share my knowledge with their audience, not the other way around.

Posted by: chuck at May 4, 2007 4:53:56 PM

Well ok, I know it's not as bad as Poetry.com, but it reminds me of that.

But yes, they should pay you to share your knowledge, not the other way around. And, it's still bullshit.

Posted by: Lorika at May 4, 2007 5:40:05 PM

This guy sounds interesting, though I could probably fill you in on everything he has to say about play, and I bet you could too.

Stuart Brown, MD

President, National Institute for Play, Stuart's mission is to is to bring the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life. His research into the science of Human Play has revealed its presence in accomplished individuals, while a play-deprived life inevitably leads to the accumulation of negative consequences...

Posted by: Nelson at May 4, 2007 5:41:25 PM

screw 'em, come to Pixelodeon that weekend instead!!!

Posted by: Steve Woolf at May 4, 2007 9:09:45 PM

ohhh man, that's the same weekend!
the pressure is on... i really want to come to Pixelodeon. have to see how the $$$ shapes up.

(yes, my Network2 contest winnings are gone. thanks taxes/credit cards/plumbing!)

Posted by: chuck at May 4, 2007 9:49:47 PM

"I'm what's next baby!"

Posted by: Rupert at May 4, 2007 10:11:53 PM

everyone knows Twittervlogging is really what's next.

Posted by: chuck at May 5, 2007 12:05:51 AM

When I worked at the Walker, It seemed that most of the audience were there on behalf of their companies, paid to attend and learn something. "be here, or disappear". They didn't seem overly excited or energetically enlightened when standing around during the event coffee breaks.

I would guess that a select few of the speakers offering ideas and insight are indeed paid to attend and to attract, while the other "speakers" pay to pitch there ideas, hoping to sell their concepts or services.

I'm sure there is something to learn at the event, but those truly looking toward the future would find creators, like yourself, in other ways besides a corporate conference.

Posted by: Brian D. at May 5, 2007 9:52:52 AM

PUSH is a joke. Definitely take a pass on that...

Posted by: Michael at May 5, 2007 10:15:30 AM

Thanks for the inside scoop BD.
Guess I wasn't being too harsh after all.
In yr face PUSH!

Posted by: chuck at May 5, 2007 1:21:11 PM

Call me -- I gotta tell you about this one. You will laugh. For reals.

Posted by: Nancy at May 8, 2007 10:09:51 PM

Yeah, they shouldnt pay you'd say there scamming you but really their just using you. I wont see you there! =0)

Posted by: Justin at May 14, 2007 12:48:11 PM

Wow I screwed up that last comment. I was trying to say you shouldnt have to pay them. Eh forget it =0(

Posted by: Justin at May 14, 2007 12:49:27 PM