Some of the participants soaking up the sun during a break.Going to the Quirky offices for an inside look at how they make inventions accessible. Their office was a really beautiful and inspiring place. It reminded me a lot of Shopify. We learnt about the culture as well as the actual process of how these inventions actually go from concept to reality. It was really community focused with was amazing to see. With the new partnership with GE, I can't wait to see the amazing things people come up with.
Touring through the kitchen at Quirky.
The entire team works in one giant room. On desks made from former bowling lanes.On to the conference after a great start to our day with studio sessions. The recharge stations everywhere were so handy and amazing to get to chat with people. While your phone gets 15 minutes of juice, you're screen free and can have actual face to face human conversations. The speakers were so amazing and inspiring in so many different ways. Check out these amazing summaries by 99u: http://99u.com/articles/15414/insights-from-brene-brown-cal-newport-gretchen-rubin-more-at-the-2013-99u-conference - be sure to check out the related articles and the other speakers! The rest of the trip can be summed up by one song; Gangsta's paradise. We hung out in Brooklyn, ate great food, had stiff drinks and even went to visit the Etsy office. It was a successful trip to NYC. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="308,309,310,311,312,313,314,315,316,318,317"]
Here is my cell phone photo diary of my 4 days in concrete heaven!
Our suite was gold and had chandeliers! (yes, more than one)
The magical Plaza on our first night!
The Palm Court.
High tea on a Sunday afternoon!
Our bill, and the amazing mystery man who paid for our lunch. Whoever you are sir. You made our trip!
Time Square. My North American happy place!
Central park south.
New York public library.
Rockerfellar Centre. The entire time we were here, the 30 Rock theme song played in my head! And I loved it!!!
The subway. Oh how I wish I lived in a city with a subway... *sigh*
One of my favorite parts of our hotel room. The bath tub. I actually fit in it!!!
One of the many stores I went to that I couldn't afford to be in! Luckily my friend is a baller and we left with a blue bag! All love for Tiffany's!
For my fellow Foursquare players, NYC was great! Trying to get all those NYC specific badges was very difficult, but fun!My friend and I have decided already, we will be going back to NYC as soon as possible. We fell in love with the concrete jungle! Until we meet again NYC, xoxo