There is a GREAT review of the recent HR Technology Conference just held in Chicago, over at the Learning Circuits Blog. Don't bother wondering who wrote it though...its anonymous. Shockingly its also one of the most honest reviews I've read (I will give Donald Clark a lifetime pass here though since he has set the standard for unabashed conference reporting).
The review though really has me thinking. Maybe we do need to more of these - not so people can be snarky and snipe at people but so they can do it without fear of reprisal. I mean we all work in this industry and most of are not in the position of burning bridges with unabashedly honest reviews of sessions, speakers or conferences but we have all sat through too many boring sessions, badly prepared speakers and poorly planned conferences.
What are the possible downsides? Character assasination? Lies? Hurt feelings? Admittedly all possible. What are the possible upsides? Idiotic sessions disappear from conference schedules never to darken our door again. Poor speakers never allowed to inflict their sessions on other unsuspecting attendees. Conference organizers hear honest reviews from attendees who paid money that was dearly won (I don't care if it was your company's money - you still had to fight for it) - and then get a chance to fix those things. I think the upside wins.