I knew that the first year would be tough. We were, after all, breaking the mold of genealogy conferences. We might get a few timid souls to wander out of their reserved wall-flower seating like a Middle School dance with one group indifferent, and the other jittery and eager, but not sure what to say. At worst it could wind up like a replay of Remember the Titans where two groups thrown together resisted this seemingly unnatural combination rather forcefully for the first year, only to come together victoriously in years to come. Oil and water? Peanut butter and jam? No one could really tell. Well, the numbers are in.
I was astonished to learn that a whopping 72% of attendees participated in collaboration between technology users and technology creators. No, this isn't just genealogists speaking with genealogists, or developers speaking to developers, this is a harmonious combination of both groups! Almost 3/4 of all attendees caught the vision and connected!
Where does this leave us for 2012? The future looks bright. Maybe we really will be like the Titans after all, minus the conflict: two groups who are more alike than they realized at a glance, working together to achieve a common goal.