Thank you Brooklyn Beta.
I just wrapped up my third year attending Brooklyn Beta, and lemme tell ya - it was incredible. There’s nothing like sitting in a room full of the most talented an kind-hearted people on the web. But what I love most about Brooklyn Beta is that the focus is always on sharing ideas that are above the fold. Organizers intentionally invite speakers who share ideas that are meant to BIG solve problems. Problems that plague systems like education, health care and government. This isn’t about discovering the next SnapChat. It’s about bringing people together to use technology that have the power to shake entire people groups to the core. Brooklyn Beta breeds a kind of big picture thinking that a SnapChat could only aspire to evoke.
I’ll admit, I didn’t immediately recognize Tim O’Reilly and I had to ask a friend what “IRL” meant when Tavi Gevinson humorously said it in her Skype chat with Ira Glass. Clearly, I have some catchup work. But my ignorance makes me that much more thankful for the people who make Brooklyn Beta what it is: a gathering of friendly people and a charge to make something for love.
To the speakers, Brooklyn Beta crew, and volunteers: Thank you for your relentless hard work. I don’t know how you did it, but you were able to turn something amazing into something spectacular. Hugs all around. Till next year.