My Impressions of the Collision Conference; “The Anti-CES”

A glimmer of hope, a chance for opportunity, to make connections, and experience a beautiful city of culture and grit – this is what it means to experience Collision Conference in New Orleans. Only three years old, Collision is making strides in the world of tech! As “America’s fastest growing tech conference”, the attendee list has grown to an upwards of 20,000 attendees from hundreds of countries all over the world. The attendees & speakers were a vast range of people from CEO’s of startups and some of the world’s largest companies, to investors & media. There is so much to learn, try and experience at Collision that it’s something you don’t want to miss.

This year was CTN’s second visit to the conference and let me be the first to say, it was worth every moment! From the moment we stepped into the building, it was non-stop. Vendors, startups and organizations were set up everywhere with goodies, swag and tons of information ready to go! Many of the exhibitors rotated out, so each day there was more new information to digest / interesting products to check out.

The experience in and of itself was just amazing. There is so much to do: a multitude of different talks to listen to, sessions to pitch investors, a host of people to connect with, so many interesting products and services to discover. Every chance for mere eye contact was an opportunity to network with someone new. Everywhere you turned there was someone or something new to learn about.

Your time spent working hard, wouldn’t be complete without some play time and the creators of Collision, the team behind Web Summit, knew how to bring it all together. After the exhibits closed around 5pm, there were a number of different fun events to attend in NOLA with great food, drinks, and tons of people. Even if you came to the conference alone, it would be really hard to leave without having made at least one new friend, which is one of the best parts about it!

It is hard to find the words to culminate everything that is Collision, you just have to be there…So mark your calendar for 2018 and make it a point to go. You won’t regret it.

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Melissa Pettiford
Melissa Pettiford
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