For me, the worst part about registering at a conference is when they hand you over the conference bag. Yechhhh. The only comfort is that 300, 1000, 6000 other participants are stuck with the same appendege.
Out of 12 years in this game, I have taken home and kept a grand total of two conference bags. MERLOT in 2003 had a very cool travel bag that I have dragged all over Arizona (and to New Zealand). It is very functional, well built. The other was the metal toolbox giving out at a mid 1990s Macromedia Conference. That just had the ultimate “cool” factor though at this point it may have been relegated to holding old computer cables.
So here I am at Snowmass Village, Colorado, for the EDUCAUSE SAC Conference, and have just discarded my conference bag. It joins the last one I left in New York City.
If you watch people at conferences, 90% of them are lugging their own bags (large briefcases or computer bags)… so what do we do with bag number 2?
Okay, I am being “snarky” as some call it. My recent results of the Strengths Finder profile pinned me as a type who “collects and organizes things” and it just does not fit with saving stuff I do not need. I keep very little. (note that link is to the general Strengthsfinder site, my profile is Ideation Strategic Input Command Learning)
P.S. I mean no offense to our corporate sponsors who are likely subsidizing my food and drinks at this conference. I just do not need bags and think we can reduce the amount of natural resources put into the mesh.
P.P.S. Join the flickr fun and post you conference bag photos and tag ’em with conferencebag (conference bags in strange places, conference bags sipping coffee at Starbucks, conference bags on the beach…). Let’s see what we can bag up together at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/conferencebag/