Miami rocked!! You guys were awesome!!

By Mel Kirk

On behalf of myself and the whole of Carsonified team, I’d like to say the biggest thanks for coming to FOWA Miami and making it so enjoyable. We’ve not had so much fun packed into a few days in as long as we can remember and we’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed it too.

Above everything else, it was really apparent that the East Coast has such a strong sense of community and there are are great things being done there. Never have we had such a warm reception and been made to feel so welcome – so thank you!

Our personal highlights were, seeing all the amazing speakers on the Build a web app in 40 minutes panel…

FOWA Panel
Photo thanks to Obie Fernandez

For those of you who couldn’t make it, the panelists (Erick Schonfeld, Blaine Cook, Kevin Hale, Matt Mullenweg, Leah Culver, Alex Bard, Gary Vaynerchuk, Kevin Rose, Carlos Garcia and Cal Henderson) discussed ideas and brainstormed an app in 40 minutes. This made all the crazier by the homage paid to the famous Carson hat (courtesy of

Kathy Sierra gave an amazing presentation on Cognitive Seduction, creating pleasure models for your passionate users, which had the whole of the auditorium totally fixated. The presentations from all of the speakers were really well received, in particular Cal’s presentation which had people in stitches!

Cal Henderson presentation at FOWA
Photo thanks to David Basulto

This was followed by the one and only Gary Vay-ner-Chuk who spoke candidly about branding and communities before going on to do a live episode of

Gary Vaynerchuk
Photo thanks to William Couch
After the sun went down, you guys showed us how to party Miami style and boy do you know how to party…. made me wish I’d arranged the breakfast a little later the next day :).

FOWA Party @ Nikki Beach

So, as you can see, we found it hard to find a favorite part of the event. We enjoyed every second and we really hope that you did too. We’d love to get your feedback here and you could even win yourself an iPod Touch by completing the form. This really helps us to improve the event for next year, so if you could spare the time, we’d be really grateful.

The audio and presentation files will be uploaded to the site over the next few days, we’re tweaking as I speak and video will also be made available. For those of you who purchased Conference in a Box, I will be in touch shortly to refund your money as we’ve decided to give this away for free, yay!!!

Please stay in touch and we can’t wait to see you back in Miami next year, woot!


11 Responses to “Miami rocked!! You guys were awesome!!”

  1. 1 Brett Paden March 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Hrm … first attempt to reply failed … trying something short.

  2. 2 Eric March 4, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    FOWA was a great time indeed; a big thanks to Carsonified (and Mel especially of course) for hosting and organizing the memorable and worthwhile event!

    I filled out the feedback form, but I’m a little confused how I might be entered to win anything when no personal information was collected by the form at all? Hmm… 😀

  3. 3 Keonne March 4, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    You guys did a great job!

    See you at FOWD London!

  4. 4 Maximiliano De Muro March 5, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Really.. really.. ROCKS! 🙂

  5. 5 Niall Giggins March 6, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I must say that the FOWA team rocked just as hard as the guests. which is oustanding when you realise how much hard work they were also doing at the time.

    I’ve not had such a wonderful time at a conference ever. I used to work in the games industry, that’s supposed to be the super-glamorous one. FOWA:Miami 2008 put every games event i’ve ever attended to shame. Great people, great parties and a wonderful setting, all on top of a fantastic conference.

    Amazing job guys, hats off to you all, especially Mel’s super pre-conference organising. see you at the next event ( or anytime in between if there’s gatherings to be had in London ).


  6. 6 randommel March 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks for all of your comments guys – we couldn’t have done it without such a great bunch of attendees and we’re already so excited about coming back!

  7. 7 Osvaldo Osorio March 8, 2008 at 4:13 am

    I follow the event by the web, from El Salvador, and I been really impressed by the hight level of projects, ideas and business.

  8. 8 Blake March 20, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! We had a great time and will definitely be going back.

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