Opera Backstage: Russia Recap
Thursday, November 9, 2006 2:41:34 PM
We had a great time in Ivanovo - the Universities really provided great hospitality to us and it was completely cool to be somewhere where Opera has 50% market share (at least in that lecture hall ).
We held 3 events:
The first was an unplanned talk. The University Chancellor brought us into a lecture hall of students at a university where about 100 students turned up to ask many good and surprisingly detailed questions about Opera.
The second was an afternoon presentation with approximately 300 attendees, again mostly students at Ivanovo's universities.
The third and last was an evening panel discussion with almost 100 IT professionals.
What a long, but fun day!
Each session had a lot of time reserved for Q&A. Hopefully everyone got as much out of it as we did. People had really great questions, and I think we got just as much constructive feedback as we gave during our presentations, which is excellent. We brought back a lot of knowledge about what is important to people in Russia who use Opera. We have a strong brand in Russia, although they would like to see us be stronger (so would we, that's what we're working on!). People really like Opera.
After the evening panel discussion, we had some food and drinks - Russian vodka and beer which was quite tasty! Nick Wilsdon (our local contact) at E3 Internet did a great job of getting stuff together, put a lot of effort in and made everyone at his company available.
Thanks to everyone that was able to make it. And a very special thanks to longtime Opera friend Ilya Shpankov from MyOpera.net for coming to hang out with us. Everything was of course captured in photos which are viewable here. See you all again soon - stay tuned.