One of the most exciting projects I'm working on right now is a music festival-tech future conference called Moogfest. Inspired by the innovative work of Bob Moog, it is a blending of music, tech, science, and art over 4 days in the indie music / bio-tech mecca of Durham, NC.
To me, Moogfest represents the future of festivals and conferences. It began as a music event, evolved into a festival, and has become a platform for an interactive conversation about the future. Though the artists and speakers are very much in the now, they are creating the technology, instruments, devices, and ideas that will move us into the future. Anyone who attends will be part of that conversation. Why would you miss it?
We booked Dr Martine Rothblatt as a keynote speaker. She founded Sirius XM, then later transferred her scientific and engineering skills to medicine when her daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. She now leads her own company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases while also working to preserve human consciousness. I first saw her speak at SXSW, where she demonstrated how she is digitizing the human mind via a robot replica of her wife, Bina. It can be difficult to get your head around what this means until you hear Dr Rothblatt explain it as a sort of obvious evolution as technology and humanity continue to cross paths.
And though I spent years in the music industry, filed under things-I-haven't-experienced-yet are durationals. Durationals are performances that are a minimum of 3 hours but don't require full attention of the audience (phew!), meant to be transformative for both audience and performer. Though I booked several of these artists years ago, at the time I didn't quite understand what they were doing. Full circle.
Anyway, leaving this here to encourage anyone reading to join me in Durham this May. Drop me a note if you want more info. Not only to help you think differently about the events you want to produce or participate in, but to contribute to a conversation about the future and have some mind-blowing fun while you're at it.