Things that made me go “hmmm…” – observations from Day 2 of the Adobe Digital Marketing Summit

Imogen Riley, Digital Marketing Senior Manager, Adobe APAC – LinkedIn @IERiley

9.00pm – I signed off last night to head out to the Adobe Bash with ‘Foster the People’ headlining.  Took Arianna Huffington’s advice and unplugged for a few hours to engage my ‘analogue’ self – face to face with our customers and partners.  What a great experience!  Channeling my youth with some likeminded souls, we were front and right of centre stage, any closer we would have been on stage.  This band has incredible energy, talent and a base that rocked the stadium, my teeth and maybe even Nevada.

Observation # 1 – must remember – unplug the earphones… live music recharges you

8.25am – I applaud all 4000 ‘analogue souls’ who showed up on time to hear Biz Stone – @biz, co-founder of Twitter and our own Ann Lewnes sharing their insights on the #digitalself@biz exemplified all aspects of social engagement – authenticity, opinion & humour.  He shared his “secret sauce” for success…

  • In order to succeed spectacularly you must be prepared to fail spectacularly.  I love this! We can’t change the world if we are too risk averse.
  • Great ideas are obvious in retrospect… a la twitter! @biz and team are working on the next big thing, too early to announce but stay tuned…
  • If you want to succeed engage folks outside your company and discipline, they will give you a view you haven’t thought of yet.

What’s your great idea? And was it the one you thought was the smartest and brightest?

Observation #2 – entrepreneurialism is a state of mind, not a PhD – it needs smarts, a network of amazing minds and passion

5.30pm – Sneak peaks from the amazing geeks…

Great ideas come from everywhere, but do they ever get the forum or funding to be successful?

Some of our best and brightest engineers and developers bared their souls and the efforts of their sleepless nights and lonely days, watch the recordings and tweet your thoughts – you can help shape the strategy and solutions for the 3.0 world.

I have been lucky to work in technology my entire career, I love it, but it can be exhausting.  But then I catch up with friends who are Doctors and Laywers and think- thank goodness I am not saving lives or worse – not, or putting them in gaol – I love my work in technology.  I think we are in the Renaissance 2.0 – Medici would be proud.

Observation # 3 – be bold, be inclusive, engage smart minds from outside your field

If you want to stay engaged & share your thoughts – join the dialogue in our LinkedIn group

Some parting comments – thanks to all our customers, partners and friends in the media who travelled so far to join us at Summit2012!

Thanks to the City of Salt Lake – you are an amazing hostess – incredible support to all 4000 digital selves – your ambassadors and businesses have made our stay! Don’t just take my word for it, check out what our APAC customers had to say about the Summit in the video below:


9.30pm Signing off now to head to the Summit after party – Karaoke @ The Depot, I am tone deaf & the only song I have is ‘Land Down Under’…

More from the ski slopes tomorrow.

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