Tuesday was the first day of the Trade-show and believe it or not, when the show opened people came running in looking for swag. Within a few minutes the Open Source Pavillion was crowded and the fun began!
The Pavillion remained very busy the entire day: we were giving Blender, Verse, Inkscape, Aqsis and Gnome demos and the demonstrations on the big screen were constantly drawing a crowd. We could really tell the influence that Elephants Dream has on the perception that people have of Open Source software in general and of course of Blender in particular: Open Source is Serious Software, not toys that are developed by geeks and unusable for the rest of the world. A great achievement, I would say.
All in all the first day was a huge success!
Once the day was over we had a few beers at the booth. Of course this went the Blender way as well: even though Ton had arranged everything officially, the Siggraph organisation decided that nobody was allowed to have drinks at the booth after the show on Tuesday. As a result, we were the ONLY crew having a party in the convention hall and the security guards wanted to throw us out. Luckily, we were given another hour and a half to finish our beers first.
While we were having a drink we taped every crew member introducing himself. Prepare for a few laughs ;-) We'll be collecting videos of any community member that we can find as well; expect this video at the end of the week!
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