Its return The technical conferences started with a whisper, not a push. It was the first day of the Code Conference, and Cara Switzer – one of the most prominent voices in technology criticism – lost its voice. He welcomed attendees to Marge Simpson Raspberry, after a year-long coveted break.
Switzerland has been hosting code conferences, technology and media moguls’ annual gatherings since the 200th Conference (when it was called All Things Digital). Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, YouTube CEO Susan Wojciech and other industry leaders volunteered to interview Swiss notorious tech-no-prisoners. Kovid, however, kept the code at break All other technology conferences. A year later, it was one of the first technology conferences to be reunited entirely in person and a potential bell for the future of such events.
Not that everything was business as usual. In Beverly Hilton, where the conference took place, everyone had the validity of the vaccine card. Participants were then tested for a lateral flow covid, which included an uncomfortable nasal swab. (Swisser may have had laryngitis, but attendees were reassured that no one had covid.) Everyone had to wear a mask indoors. Ordinary back-clapping and hand-shaking were replaced as awkward nodes and fist-shaking, people reconnecting with strangers again. In the hotel ballroom, where Swiss interviewers Elon Musk, Mark Benioff and Satya Nadella were interviewed, people kept their distance by leaving empty chairs between them.
If it’s worth it personally again, he seemed happy to pay a lot of money. (There’s nothing to say about the actual ticket price, which is about হাজার 10,000. Reporters like me attend for free.) People were unusually dressed in Silicon Valley crowds, blazers, and business casual attire. During the sessions, conference attendees sampled gourmet pastries and ready-to-order smoothies. The menu had an “antivirus” mix with ginger and beets. Strangers start conversations during lunch, table sharing and business card exchange. A tech executive told me he didn’t come to listen to the interviews but for this, Milon: It was a long, lonely year of meeting on screen.
A lot has changed in the last year about the world, and it’s about getting back to normal or not. The conference, which created a পূর্ব 15 billion pre-market epidemic, seemed to be a thing that could disappear or diminish, undone by virtual change. But the Code-Guards seemed committed to keeping things like the Poker Games in the hotel room hours after the conference. The only difference was attendance: the conference reduced the site’s capacity to 60,000 this year, down from 100 in 2019, but 600 more people joined the livestream for the first $ 125 virtual ticket in the code.
Conference speakers guessed where the earth could go from here (Ari Emanuel: We must go back to the cinema halls; Mark Benioff: We must not go back to the office; Elon Musk: We must go to Mars). After a year of massive growth in technology companies, Switzerland has invited many guests to discuss why Big Tech needs to be controlled, or dismantled. His two most popular guests were Gary Gensler, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Margaret Vesteger, former European commissioner for competition. The conference swag bag also included a mug of coffee that said “Wo and Khan and Canter” – a reference from the members The Biden administration’s distrust team.