This is not a post I ever thought I’d write. I mean, sure, maybe if O’Reilly or some other big tech co. bought the conference, but that was always one of those, “Sure, and maybe someone will drop off a pot of gold on the doorstep because they have too much.” type scenarios.
So what am I saying?
Well, 360|AnDev 2021 was the last 360|AnDev. I’m really sorry we weren’t able to do one last in-person event to really send it off. But alas. If you attended, Chiu-Ki and I can’t thank you enough. If you didn’t, well, you missed out.
How is this possible? Like most things, just bad luck.
360|AnDev started strong, bringing the Android community to Denver. Prior to the pandemic we were dialing in our format and size to make the most out of 360|AnDev, delivering a fantastic experience while not losing money.
The Pandemic and then prolonged recovery were a double whammy we struggled to get through. After pivoting in 2020, and 2021 having the lowest attendance we’ve ever had, it was clear online events didn’t have the legs some pundits were claiming.
Add to that, our other events performing closer to 2021 levels than 2019 levels, and we simply ran out of runway to keep trying to improve.
No one wants to admit that they’ve failed. Humans are a naturally stubborn group. Keep fighting; an opening to win will come. Sometimes that works, but most of us aren’t Adam Neumann.
To everyone who’s ever bought a ticket to 360|AnDev, thank you. I hope you always left the conference better than when you arrived. Better equipped to rock your job. Better equipped to take your business to a new level. Better equipped to deal with being a human surrounded by other humans.
The only thing I ever wanted the conferences to be, was a place for people to connect and grow.
I hope at least we did that.
You’ve meant to world to us.
John (And Nicole) & Chiu-Ki