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  • Justin Murrill

    Thanks for the comments... and glad to see the interest in this approach. Our hope is that more conferences will adopt / adapt this strategy, and that the white paper can help. If we collectively start suggesting this to conference organizers, and encourage companies to sponsor a volunteer event at a conference, then maybe in a few years volunteering while networking at these events will be the new norm.

  • Chris Marshall

    Justin, great white paper. I thoroughly appreciate the dedication you and your team have exhibited in documenting this process and really creating a blueprint on how to replicate this type of event in the future.

  • Christopher Egusa

    I completely identify with this. Unless you're a natural at networking, those events can sometimes be uncomfortable or awkward. Having a task to complete is such a great way to facilitate natural interaction and relationship building. Thanks for the great article!

  • Lou Pizante

    I have done Habitat for Humanity at mortgage conferences... it is a much more enjoyable and productive networking event than a hotel lobby cocktail party.

  • Adele Peters

    This is a great idea. Like you say, most people think the main point of going to conferences is meeting other people, not listening to the talks...in a time when anyone can go online and watch TED talks without leaving their couch, conferences should really be focusing more on participation and what people can do in person.

  • Manasa Yeturu

    Volunteering and "doing good" should be central to all CSR conferences - this is such a great way to genuinely connect with others vs. transient networking connections. Thanks for the insight and awesome post Justin!

    • Justin Murrill

      Thanks Zachary. This conference looks like a perfect fit. Please do share the idea and white paper, and let me know if they want to talk with AMD or SXSW Eco about our experience.