This month, Portland’s geek community gathered at W+K for ROFLCon Summit, a spin-off of ROFLCon and an event that “bring[s] together the leading generators, preservers and advancers of online culture so they can talk about where it’s all headed and what it means to everyone else.” See our photos of the event, meme-themed artwork and more, below the jump.
Meme and internet-themed artwork greeted visitors; note the new portraits in the background.
People attended panel discussions on emerging platforms, internet culture and geopolitics, defending the internet, collecting and preserving the web & the internet underground.
We heard from the founder of sites like Know Your Meme, ICanHasCheezburger, 4Chan, Waxy.org, UrbanDictionary and the Internet Archive, and the people who run Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and BoingBoing, among many others. They shared their stories of founding, funding and the hard work that goes into maintaining and perpetuating some of the most popular and populated sites on the internet.
In between sessions, attendees had the chance to learn from some great speakers, including a game designer, the gatekeeper for videos on Funny Or Die and the inventor of the software that powers all wikis today, in ROFLCon Summit’s “Ask Me Anything” series.
Bennett Foddy, creator, QWOP/GIRP
Darryl Gudmundson, Gatekeeper, Funny Or Die
Ward Cunningham, CTO, CitizenGlobal and creator of the original wiki software
The day ended with a party on the deck featuring food carts and meme-themed cocktails, including Double Rainbow jello shots and the “Lemon Party”, a gin/lemon/honey liqueur/champagne concoction.
Image by Reid Beels
Couldn’t make it? Check out the schedule of events at ROFLCon Summit’s page, and bookmark this post – we’ll edit it when the archived stream of the day’s live feed becomes available.