I have been a volunteer at PopTech for the past couple years. It is the highlight of my year. I have the enviable responsibility of sitting with each of the speakers to go over their presentations prior to them going on stage. I make sure videos play, fonts are correct, slides are in the correct order, and to make any last-minute changes they request. Once it is technically reviewed, I make sure it gets to the computer on which it needs to be for the presentation. I sit in the Green Room at the Camden Opera House for the entire three days of the conference. I meet leading scientists, Nobel laureates, diplomats, heads of state, humanitarians, inventors, authors, artists, and musicians.
Obviously, I tell Kirsten about this great thrill. Last year I encouraged her to apply for a volunteer position. She was initially put on the waiting list, and later offered a position. Then her health suddenly deteriorated and it was doubtful she would be able to participate. She sent an email expressing her interest and willingness to help, and asked if there might be some way she could contribute and be a part of the conference in a more limited capacity. She was completely surprised and elated when an offer was extended for her to come to PopTech as an attendee this year, and volunteer next year. Tickets to PopTech are $2,500! Now I’m jealous of her. :)
Thank you, PopTech. We love you!