Has it really been a month since XOXO? I still feel like I'm waking from a long sleep with feverish, blissed-out dreams. It's taken this long to digest what really happened in Portland last month: the real-life manifestation of your collective trust, generosity, and joy. Andy McMillan and I were walking around dazed for the first week after XOXO, in no small part due to the insanely positive feedback from the festival. We posted some of our favorite responses at the end of this post.
But first! The long-awaited XOXO talk videos are done, all the footage from the two-day conference portion of XOXO, totaling seven straight hours from 24 awesome people telling their stories. We just emailed the passwords out to everyone who backed this project at the $25 level and up, and the info should be sitting in your inbox right now. (If you haven't received it, get in touch and we'll sort you out ASAP.) To get a sense of the video quality, here's my opening comments from the first day. Switch to 1080p for highest quality!
We're thrilled to announce that we've partnered with local design studio Jolby & Friends to produce a limited-edition screenprint poster commemorating XOXO. These 18"x24" illustrations were silkscreened by hand locally with a two-color rainbow roll, and each one's signed and numbered by the artist. We're very proud of these, and we think they're going to go pretty quickly. They're on sale right now for $40, a limited run of 300 posters. For a limited time, we're also included early access to the XOXO videos with each purchase, so feel free to tell friends. You can see more photos and order now from Buy Olympia.
We've also released all the official XOXO photographs on Flickr, released under a Creative Commons license for your remixing pleasure. (See the slideshow here.) We asked Kelly Searle, our photographer, to capture the festival on the ground and around town, and the shots she came back with are just beautiful. I've been rotating some of these as my desktop wallpaper over the last month. Please feel free to add people or tags to the photos!
And if you want more photos, we highly recommend checking out Scott Beale's incredible gallery of XOXO photos, the 900+ photos on Instagram, and photos from John Biehler, Rex Hammock, and many others.
One of our favorite things about organizing XOXO was experiencing the response — your feedback in person, the postmortem blog posts, and reactions from the traditional media. Here's a roundup of some of our favorites.
"XOXO wasn't really a conference. It was a face-to-face reminder of what's possible, a Sex Pistols gig of legend for modern creative geeks to run with. That's the internet we should all live in." — Ryan Gantz at The Verge
"But at the end of its run, XOXO also felt, to me at least, like a defining moment for people who express themselves creatively and independently online, as well as for those who aspire to help them, a moment when that community became aware of itself as a growing, sustainable cultural force, and a moment when it embraced the fact that, unlike in the early days of the web and of the internet, it is now pointedly distinct from the boomtown mentality that seems to characterize so many on the global computer network." — Ryan Tate at Wired
"Maybe it's terrifying that a positive, uncynical and honest event like XOXO should come as a culture shock at all. Or maybe it's good and necessary for us to participate in a periodic affirmation of reality. Regardless, XOXO did me and all in attendance a world of good." — Ben Ward
"Even at its smallest, I doubt SXSW ever had such a singular, socially-minded ethos, or had any particular commitment to independence or art, or was celebrating such a specific vision for the future of commerce and the Internet. XOXO was something new and something, almost everyone at the conference seemed to agree, pretty special." — Ruth Brown at Willamette Week
"I have fallen in love with a building, hundreds of people, a MakerBot, a portable toilet trailer, food trucks, and two men each named Andy. Is it possible to fall in love with a conference? If so, I have. The organizers named the conference XOXO for hugs and kisses. This was presented without hipster irony or marketing-speak. They meant it. They delivered." — Glenn Fleishman, Boing Boing
"The attendee list at XOXO couldn’t have been better curated if one had tried to. The fact that it wasn’t actively curated at all is almost surprising." — James Duncan Davidson
"XOXO was a beautiful reminder of what we, as creators, have in common, and that we’re all in it to incite change for the better. If we can look to and learn from each other, we’ll get there that much faster." — Brooke Parrott
"It’s easy to forget, sometimes, that behind all the screens, behind all the slide shows of funny animal photos and GIFs, the Internet is made of people." — Jenna Wortham and David Gallagher, New York Times
"This is, more accurately, the tension that exists between the Techcrunch Internet and the XOXO Internet. The tension between passion and greed." — Jon Lax
"This past weekend’s XOXO Festival changed my life. Ok, it probably didn’t, but the buoyancy I felt leaving Portland last weekend had me feeling otherwise. For now at least: it’s opened my eyes, lifted my spirits, inspired me to believe in ideas I’d been uncertain of, re-inspired me to believe in myself, and reminded me of all sortsa good I’d always known was there—but is so easy to lose sight of in the day-to-day." — Nina Alter
"I can't think of anything else other than to say I really hope there is another one next year that I can attend, which is just about the highest praise I can give for a conference." — Matt Haughey
"Before it actually happened, no one could have imagined XOXO. Only they know for sure, but I'd wager not even the Andy's themselves guessed that the outcome of all their hard work would create an arts and tech love-in from which everyone came away feeling positive, inspired, glad, and grateful they could be a part of it." — Alli Dryer
"I’ll leave it to others smarter and more articulate than me to describe the details — each speaker took a turn removing marble that wasn’t part of the statue — but the upshot is that if you are of a particular mind, a particular bent, there is now a place for you. A place to talk and share and experiment and explore. A place to feel among friends. A place to not feel lonely." — Greg Knauss
"I am a different person than the one who left for Portland last week. My world has shifted irrevocably. I have ignited a creative spark that I promise to nurture and not let sputter out." — Laura Zander
"The @xoxo festival is a love letter to the internet." — Jason Santa Maria
And more: Anil Dash liveblogged every talk, Recollect created a beautifully-organized archive of attendee tweets, Tantek Celik made an unofficial attendee directory, and Will Turnage made an XOXO hat that lit up every time someone tweeted #xoxofest.
Absolutely amazing. To every one of you who wrote about XOXO, and to the many more we didn't mention, thank you. xoxoxo