Interop is changing, thats a good thing. After 31 years, the Interop conference is one of the last independent conferences where the focus is on the person paying for the ticket and less “rolling sales thunder” from the vendors.
Thats good for attendees who get to hear genuine, thoughtful content that hasn’t been selected based on a vendor agenda. I mean, vendor conferences are nice enough and sure, valuable but the endless sales pitching is wearying.
As one of the Packet Pushers we ran our Future of Networking track as conference-inside-a-conference instead of running our own conference. We managed to fill the room and had to get more chairs & tables to increase the capacity. Feedback from attendees was enormously positive with people asking questions and solid debate happening.