words and pictures by Brian Solis
The day after our successful TechSet event at the Luxe in Bel-Air, I was one of the lucky ones who attended the highly regarded Southern California tech event, Twiistup.
Hats off to Mike and Stephanie Macadaan. Twiistup4 was not only a resounding success, it raised the bar for tech events in general. Twiistup played host to an immersive experience that effectively materialized online social networks and virtual worlds into the real world.
Held at the posh VIceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, Twiistup created its own shangri la, where for just a few hours, we were able to completely lose ourselves in the conversations and ensuing friendships that will extend the well beyond the evening. Even though we were poolside, we were catapulted into a glamorous and elegant isolated island that seemed worlds away form the daily routine.
Cabanas were redesigned as themed destinations complete with Hookah Pipes, beds, lounges, and more accoutrements than I could possibly remember. And, the pool became a social stage covered in a see-through acrylic platform, which hosted some of the cooler conversations and shenanigans throughout the course of the evening.
I also wanted to take a moment to say congratulations to Twiistup’s Showoffs.Out of over a hundred applications to demo, the following companies introduced their products and services to the Twiistup crowd:
I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story, and some of them tell more than that!
Brooks Bayne in bed with HeavyBagMedia
Brian Solis with Twiistup host, Mike Macadaan
Krystle McEachron and Em. Marc Salsberry
Shira Lazar and Brian Solis
Stephanie Agresta and Stephanie Macadaan
Before: Heather Lipner meets Pickle Man
After: Pickle Man and Heather Lipner “kick” and make-up
Desdemona Bandinin and Tameka Kee
Karen Hartline and Erica O’Grady
Jackie Peters and Valerie Cunningham
Natalie Lent and Wm. Marc Salsberry
Steve Wiebe plays Donkey Kong
Shira Lazar and Pickle Man
Sloane Berrent and Dhalia of Rubicon
Kevin Winston and Amanda Coolong
Michael J. Lambie
Siobhan O’Neill, ?, Sloane Berrent, Nicol Jordan (with Fun Dip)
For more pictures from Twiistup4, please visit my album on Flickr.
UPDATE: Francisco Dao discusses Twiistup and the Southern California tech economy at Fast Company Buzz.