The conference officially started last night with the evening reception, where attendees filled the room with an anticipatory buzz, with colleagues meeting - often for the first time face-to-face - and each sharing an enthusiasm for the next two days.
The energy seemed to build off the unique mission of this conference, and the group was a broad, multigenerational swath of ethnographers. I talked to one student who had spent a year studying businesses in China's Silicon Valley, an ethnographer who ran his own consultancy in the upper Midwest (U.S.). , people just starting out and those who have been in the field for a while ... and I am in awe of the fieldwork experiences I have heard already. Makes me think my own theme song is "Never Did No Wanderin'," by The Folksmen.
Of course much of the time I was also taking pictures.