First off, I had this desire to go to ISTE, but like many schools that we all work in, PD funds are hard to come by. I was going to do ISTE on the cheap. I just happened to have some airline tickets from stepping off an oversold flight a while back. This got me to San Antonio. I hit up AirBnB and got a sweet little room at a semi-nearby home for $60 a night. Then I reached out to a few vendors that I know and was able to score a free “Floor only” pass. All boxes checked I was ready to go. Had the floor pass, now just needed some innovation on the the Tech side and some parties.
Having done a number of conferences myself and knowing the value of Eventbrite for doing tickets for an event, I headed there and did a search for ISTE. Sure enough, over 20 parties popped up that I could get tickets for.
I was all set. I had a nice walk from my AirBnB house and spent the next two and half days, streaming the keynotes (periscope to the rescue), walking the floor, talking with vendors, attending workshops and evening events. I had a great time, learned some new things, met some great people and yup, you guessed it, never stood in a line. So, about next year…..