It has been on my bucket list to attend Altitude Summit ever since I first heard about the conference a couple of years ago. Alt is a conference where design-minded folks — bloggers, lifestyle sites and the companies that want to connect with them — get together to network, discuss theory and love on all things design. But boy do the tickets go fast! I tried last year to get a ticket to the big 3 day conference that is held in Salt Lake City, but I wasn’t one of the lucky ones. When they announced that Alt was coming to San Francisco, I was determined to get a ticket. I convinced Jihan of Jihan Cerda Photography to be my conference buddy and we would get tickets together. We both made sure we had our schedules clear when the tickets went on sale. The time came and we both tried to get tickets, but again no luck! Turns out the tickets were in such demand that the server crashed. The made an announcement that the tickets would be on sale in one week. So, again we cleared our schedules. We tried one more time and still no luck- they decided to have a lottery. Well, Jihan ended up getting a ticket and I did not. I was so bummed, but I reassured her that I would get a ticket somehow and to not get rid of hers. Alt had to change locations and so more tickets were released and I scooped one up!
To be honest, I was really nervous to go. With so many established bloggers, shop owners and professionals, I was really intimidated. How could I compare my little business with some of the big names that I see daily on my computer screen? I was relieved to quickly find out that everyone was so down to earth and there was nothing to feel intimidated about. The trip started off with the Sponsors dinner. We chose the Atly dinner which was at E&O Asian Kitchen. If you haven’t heard of Atly, I highly suggest checking them out. We all chatted through the delicious dinner and then hoped in a cab back to the Fairmont for the after party. Here are a few photos from the party.
We headed back to the Fairmont early Thursday. The morning was filled with breakfast, crafts, swag and plenty of time to chat with old and new faces. The round of speakers began with Minted’s Ceo, Mariam Naficy. She was my favorite speaker by far for more than the obvious reason. She was so willing to share her backstory and so many useful tips to start and grow a business. Thank you Mariam, it was truly inspiring! The day continued with several speakers, lunch at the Tonga Room and wrapped up with Mike McCue of Flipboard.
If that wasn’t enough, we all headed to every girls dream… Pinterest Headquarters!!! The theme was Alice in Pinterland, and boy everything looked like they were pulled straight from a Pinterest board. We even met the oh so sweet and humble founder of Pinterest, Ben Silbermann. It was such a fabulous couple of days that left me so inspired and wanting more.
Thank you to Atly for the gorgeous photos! This was my first Alt experience, but hopefully not the last!