Last week I had the privileged to attend Collaborate 15 in Las Vegas.
The facilities at the Mandalay Bay were top notch. The food was very good and there were plenty of quiet comfortable places where you could catch your breath, relax and catch up.
I was only able to attend for a couple days at the end, but I still learned a lot and made a few great connections. I came away with new useful information from every session I attended, even the one I jumped into late just for a place to sit down. A couple of my favorite sessions had lively discussions that were focused, on topic and helpful.
I think most people prefer substance over flash when they chose a conference, at least I know I do, but some flash is fun. I really enjoyed the mix they put together. The floor exhibits were interesting and there were a lot of them. The 60s party was a blast and the band was awesome. Just when I would reach the “my brain is full” point, there was something shiny to focus on while my mind absorbed the info and I could relax before loading up the next chunk of information.
Overall I thought it was a great conference and I would definitely recommend it.