There was a lack of posts this week, and it is not without good reason. I was attending the “Forward with Ford” tech conference in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford gathered “lifestyle bloggers to show us the future of automotive technology.
First off, I want to put it right out in front that Ford paid for my airfare, hotel, and kept me reasonably well-fed throughout the conference, same as they did for the Detroit Auto Show. This isn’t anything out of the ordinary, as the auto industry has been taking care of auto journalists in this manner for decades.
What was out of the ordinary was the lack of automotive journalists at this conference (of the hundred or so people, I met just 3 people I’d qualify as an AJ.) That’s because this conference was dedicated more to the technology in and around cars, rather than the cars themselves. So I’m certainly not talking down about my fellow bloggers, only that it was a different (and much cuter) crowd than I am used so.
So, after a nice 12 hour recovery period, I finally feel up to the task of breaking down an experience that can best be described as a tech-blogger summer camp.
If you don’t feel like reliving the whole conference with me, just skip down to the last page for a brief rundown of the week.