This is going to be a very news-heavy couple of weeks for all of us, and all of you who intend to join us in Houston in 16 days. We started it off yesterday with announcements that we’ll open our conference with the estimable one-two punch of 1) a welcome address from Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker and 2) an opening keynote from Internet pioneer and investor Jeff Pulver. We really couldn’t be more thrilled, because Ms. Parker is so personable and smart (check out her appearance on The Colbert Report last summer), and she believes in what we’re trying to achieve. And although Mr. Pulver’s #140Conf is just the latest in a string of his Internet-based success stories, his primary focus has always been to use technology to help forge human relationships.
We also have important news about attendance. As you may have seen, we sold out of our initial ticket allotment on Friday afternoon. (Yes!) And after a supplicatory meeting with the Four Seasons, we were able to release 25 more tickets. But that’s it. After we reach 225 attendees, which will likely happen by the end of the week, that’s it. We have to shut the window and implement a wait list.
When the Big Weekend comes, we want you inside with us, watching the Great Dad Cook-Off, checking out our breakout sessions, tasting our specially-made “Dad Brew.o” from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company — and making connections that could amount to something new and interesting over the next year.
Because we agree with Mr. Pulver: The strength of our message and our conference comes from community. Many dads arrived in Austin last year unsure of Dad 2.0’s potential benefits, and several will come to Houston to discuss how those benefits turned out to be pretty substantial.
Who knows? At Dad 2.014, that could be you.