The First Gilbane

This was sent in Issue #21 of Squirrel Notes on January 3, 2019.

For a long time, Gilbane was the content management conference. There used to be two every year – both in Boston and San Francisco – and it was the conference you waited all year to go to. Everyone was at Gilbane, and there’s still a huge fraternity of former speakers with so many stories.

I spoke at Gilbane from 2011 to 2017. Today, it’s much smaller, and this year they moved it from Boston to Washington DC at the end of April to co-locate with two other conferences.

Interestingly, I found a page listing all the past Gilbanes, back to 2002 (scroll a bit). The page for the first Gilbane is still online, and it’s so nostalgic.

Aside from the rogues’ gallery of pioneering vendors – Vignette, Interwoven, Stellent, Documentum, FileNET – the session titles reflect things we take for granted today but were mind-blowing back then:

I loved Gilbane. It was a huge part of my professional development, and quite a few of the people reading these words right now know me because of the time I spent there and the relationships I made.

Question: what is “the new Gilbane”?

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