Looking Back at Big Boulder 2013

Liz Phillips Hiking at Big Boulder

Photo courtesy of Liz Philips

Big Boulder was 16 sessions of social data goodness with more than 200 attendees coming together to learn, collaborate, network and maybe get in some hiking. Creating a space where the leaders of the industry can get together in an intimate setting is what we set out to create, and it’s rewarding to hear that others agreed. My favorite piece of feedback was hearing from Adam Laiacano, the data scientist from Tumblr, was that it was “the most Baller conference I’ve ever attended.”

A highlight for me was to see the introduction of the Big Boulder Initiative, whose mission is — “To establish the foundation for the long-term success of the social data industry.” I love that it allows everyone to gather more than once a year to collaborate on what is still a nascent industry. If you’re interested, you can check it at BigBoulderInitiative.com.

It was also fun to see how social data is expanding outside the United States. Every single publisher interviewed on stage was focused on international growth, especially in Brazil, India, Europe, China and Japan. One of my favorite takeaways was from the session on Social Data in China about how people constantly look for the Twitter or Facebook of China but you can’t make that kind of comparison.

If you missed a session or couldn’t make it to the conference, don’t worry! We have blog recaps of each and every session (see below) summing up the highlights. We also have pictures of the conference on our Facebook page, a Storify recap, and you can always catch up with the hashtag #BigBoulder.

During Big Boulder, we held a contest to see who could create the best Vine. We awarded the mini iPad to Carmen Sutter for having the best Vine. We had a hard time choosing so be sure to check out some of the other Vines showing unique Boulder culture, take a spin around Big Boulder, see some of the more creative breakfast options and go for a ride.

You can see the 2013 Big Boulder recap video, which has a great summary of the highlights from the conference.