The final day of Affiliate Summit started with a keynote address from Peter Shankman, who had the crowd laughing and thinking with his talk.
The day also featured a series of educational sessions and the final day of the exhibit hall. The final session was GeekCast.fm Live, where podcast hosts answered questions from the audience on podcasting and a host of other issues.
Finally, Affiliate Summit East 2009 wound up with the Affiliate Triathlon, where participants contributed $100 each to Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City for the chance to win a booth or five Platinum passes at Affiliate Summit West 2010.
The three sports in the competition were toilet racers (motorized toilets on wheels), Skee-ball, an Whack-a-Mole.
The winner was Chris Gwynne of Intermedia.net.
As things drew to a close, I was chatting with a number of people about the syndrome that hits attendees as they leave an Affiliate Summit (or any other conference).
After several days of networking, we strengthen our bonds, and there is a sense of emptiness when everybody goes their separate ways. But it doesn’t have to be that way – we’ve got YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, the Affiliate Summit Social Network, and other venues to stay together.
Then again, there is no replacing Affiliate Summit West 2010, taking place January 17-19, 2010 in Las Vegas. We look forward to seeing everybody again next January.