HostingCon 2009 – Day 0: Something Lost


The day before HostingCon is normally reserved as a day of rest and travel. Some attendees (especially those who are headquartered outside the U.S.) have come days and in a few cases weeks in advance. For those who arrived earlier, Sunday was a fine day to rest, grab some drinks, and even see a bit of the D.C. area.

For travelers coming to D.C., Sunday proved to be a lesson in frustrations. A large storm front covered the bulk of the Midwest, delaying and even canceling flights. At its worst points, the storm caused 0 visibility and kept airplanes from flying. Several attendees found that their luggage had been lost and that materials for booths had been delayed. Hartland Ross, President of eBridge Marketing Solutions, had two flights cancelled and was unable to present on the following day.

For those who arrived in D.C., the welcoming arms of the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center awaits. Gaylord is the largest conference center on the eastern seaboard and from simply walking around its easy to see why. The center is surrounded by a 300 acre development that was very recently constructed and you can almost see the paint still drying. The center itself houses a small village of shops and eateries, complete with trees and peaceful streams in its atrium which is completely enclosed.

The generalized theme of this year’s HostingCon was Compete and Thrive. Of the 44 sessions, more than half focused on making a company leaner, more agile, and ready to take advantage of technologies, services, and trends to grow and prosper. Analysts, be them independent or from such as venues as The Whir or WebHostMagazine, all commented that the overall atmosphere was surprisingly optimistic.

By the end of the day, the bulk of the attendees had arrived to learn, to educate, to demonstrate products, and to mingle. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to DC on this day as planned and spent the evening and the next morning in one airport after another. UPDATE: The consequence of this manifest itself the next day when my luggage was not shipped to DC and instead was now on US Airway’s most wanted list. But that is a discussion for another time.

From registrations, the expected amount of attendees was at least a  10% increase from 2008 and the exhibit hall is almost 2 times the size. Hostingcon 2009 is definitely bigger, but will it be better? Stay tuned.

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