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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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3 responses to “T-Shirt Friday – A Brief Hiatus and a Reflection on Conference Schwag”

  1. Zoli Erdos

    Hm… let’s see… for inspiration to conference organizers I can recommend the Oscar Schwag Bag worth $91,000 this year :-)

    For a more down-to-earth approach, let’s just skip the bag … Google set a nice example with those giveaway smartphones :-)

  2. Graeme Thickins

    yeah, Zoli – let’s have phones! :-) we were talking about this topic at #gluecon yesterday… a bunch of us in a circle, including @sether, @epc, and others

    I told ‘em about the killer schwag bag of all time in my experience, which was at a Fortune magazine Internet conference back in the dot-com day, somewhere on SF Bay, where we got a Swiss Army watch (which I still wear!), and a color-screen Palm PDA (remember those?), which had just come out, among other stuff… the bag had to be worth well north of $500-600!

    as just a little ol’ blogger dude from Minneapolis, I was sure stylin’ at the time! :-)

    Ben’s right – definitely a better schwag experience this year at Glue, and that certainly speaks to the tech economy picking up bigtime…

    yep, the recruiters were out in force

    Glue was awesome – and thanks to CloudAve for being a media sponsor! kudos, too, to Ben for all he did to make it a great event…

    p.s. being an Aussie, gotta tell you I *really* admired his “CloudCamp Australia/New Zealand” tee – the man has one awesome t-shirt collection!!

    cheers,
    Graeme

  3. Zoli Erdos

    I know, he must be getting close to put on a fresh tee 4 times a day just to get them through in a year :-)

    Talk about swag (Ben, I’m doing a balancing act here with @ITSinsider), the now dead Office 2.0 Conference was quite extravagant…