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.
- Accelerating the Social Data Ecosystem (A talk by Chris Moody from Gnip)
- Building the Location Layer of the Internet (An Interview with Mike Harkey from Foursquare)
- Unleashing the Creative Expression of 100 Million People (An interview with Derek Gottfrid and Danielle Strle of Tumblr)
- Social Data in Brazil (An Interview with Daniel Heise and Gabriel Baños)
- Tweets, Texts and Tickers (A Discussion with the NYSE, NASDAQ, Thomson Reuters and Markit)
- Social Data in China (An Interview with Ken Hu and Mike Smith from Soshio)
- Mining Consumer Opinion in Comments (An Interview with Daniel Ha and Steve Roy from Disqus)
- Social Data in Academic Research (Sherry Emery, Abe Kazemzadeh and Jaime Settle Discuss the Role of Social Data in Their Research)
- Driving Citizen Outcomes (An Interview with Jason Thomas from Thomson Reuters)
- Twitter Certified Program and International Expansion (An Interview with Conway Chen and Zach Hofer-Shall from Twitter)
- Measuring Impact on Facebook (An Interview with Daniel Slotwiner from Facebook)
- Social Data in Japan (An Interview with Koki Uchiyama from Hottolink)
- Creating and Sharing Content on WordPress (An Interview with Paul Maiorana from Automattic)
- Social Data and Primetime TV (An Interview with Maya Harris from GetGlue)
- Data Science and Social Data (Data Scientists from Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr Discuss the Challenges and Opportunities in Social Data)
- Social Analytics and Business Intelligence (Susan Etlinger, Shawn Rogers and John Lovett Discuss What’s Next for Social and BI)