Thanks once again for all your help in pulling together a smashing public celebration of the first year of Microformats.org — in less than a week!
Based on the drink ticket and badge counts (and dozens of photos on flickr), between 125-150 participants joined us to kick off a very successful week for the microformats community at MashPit, Wharton West, Supernova, and BarCamp. We saw at least two major announcements: Y! Local adding 10M+ hCards and hReviews, and ~500K hListings from Edgeio.
Another sign of our momentum was raising $5,250 in sponsorship on such short notice. The proceeds went towards several event costs, subsidizing T-shirts, and reserves for the future — stay tuned for a reissue of the classic wallet magnifier cards…
While Tantek and Chris deserve all credit for initiating the event and soliciting sponsors; and both Ryan King and Tara Hunt helped immensely on the spot, I cannot say enough about how effective Sonya Schaefer (CommerceNet’s interim marketing leader) was in making this actually happen.
She scrambled to scout out a venue, negotiated down the fee from thousands to free, made sure there was entertainment and flowers, and easily halved our catering budget by purchasing, transporting, presenting, and decorating our “micro-food” dessert buffet herself! I was out of town much of that week, so I can testify that it simply would not have come together as professionally as it did without her.
Thanks again to all of you, all of our sponsors, and most of all, our supporters, advocates, and developers — the microformats.org community that’s going to lead one of the most dramatic technology adoption ramps on the Web since blogging!
- Lead Sponsor:
- CommerceNet, Technorati, Yahoo!
- Automattic, Citizen Agency, Supernova