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Collision Trip Report

New Orleans 2018

#CollisionConf, @CollisionHQ

The fifth annual Collision conference was held April 30 - May 3, in New Orleans, LA., The event is one of the fastest growing tech conferences in North America, including more than 25,000 attendees and 500 global media. I was in attendance this year and I thought I’d share my trip report for those of you who are curious about the event and were not able to attend.

About The Conference

Collision is an interesting conference and the word “Collision” is an apt description of the structure of the show. Disparate industries, innovators, and investors all bouncing off one another for four days. If they had named the conference “Chaos”, I doubt any first-time attendees would argue. “Collision”, of course, sounds more disruptive and impactful. 

There are numerous open-air stages around the perimeter of the trade show floor. Multiple concurrent tracks with back to back presentations on each stage (see adjacent illustration for a complete list of tracks). Ironically, all the sessions seem to have staggered starts and variable durations which makes it a little tricky to plan your itinerary. If you attempt to jump tracks, you find yourself zig-zagging back and forth across the exhibit floor often arriving mid-session to join a standing-room-only crowd.

Startup Villages

The majority of exhibitors are early-stage startups, lined-up cheek-to-jowl, row upon row all hoping to meet investors and strategic partners, of which there were many many walking the aisles.

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