After spending a day wandering around the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s annual convention this week, I left Boston’s cavernous convention center with two impressions. First, any conference with the word “technology” in its name should have reliable wireless Internet connection for its attendees (although the fact that this one didn’t is a knock against the convention center, not the convention itself. Mayor Menino?) Second, I left the convention itching to get out of Boston.
I imagine the bulk of the conference’s estimated 17,000 attendees felt the same way, because the gathering, which ends today, seems designed to elicit that reaction. With every other booth advertising a different location — some exciting (Rio! Hawaii!), and some less so (Nebraska, Delaware) — the floor felt more like a convention for upcoming honeymooners than anything having to do with science or technology.