The first DNA2008 conference starts outside the Brussels Marriott. The hotel rolled out the red carpet for us, (but in this case, it was in black and white, but with our logo on it!) Nice touch.
When we started, we anticipated 150 delegates, if we were lucky. This morning we had 300. Pretty good for the first time out.
The panels were all well attended and pretty interesting. This one was on newspapers and magazines moving to video online. On board, the editors of The Daily Telegraph, UK; de Telegraph, Germany; the Chief Information Officer for McGraw Hill (Business Week, Aviation Week, etc..) …nice….
The most amazing thing about the VJ panel was that there was no dissention, (or hardly any). Not so many years ago, as Pat Loughery (L), Director of BBC Nations and Regions (their national news network) reminded me, we could not even mention the term without people going nuts. Today. not a single dissenting voice from 300 journalists and media execs. The concept is a done deal, at least in Europe. What a contrast to the US!
All in all, the first day went great.
Far better than we had even hoped for. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.