We did it!

I’m not sure about you, but the moment I complete something huge, I can’t help but heave a huge, relieved sigh.

At 2pm last Friday, all of us editors released a heavy, content sigh as we shut down the conference office at HydroVision International in Nashville, Tenn. A year’s worth of planning had come to a close and we were done!

For those of you that weren’t in attendance, you really missed out on a fantastic event.  The 10-track conference portion of the event featured 421 experts from the hydropower industry and, I must say, the content was excellent. I personally came away with some fantastic article ideas that you will hopefully see in Hydro Review or HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide in the future. In terms of total attendance, we hosted 2,982 people from 56 countries! I greatly appreciated the unique questions and presentations our international attendees brought to the table, making the event that much more well-rounded.

This year’s HydroVision International was my second, and I have to say having the event located in Nashville lent it an additional air of fun. As a country music fan, I had to appreciate the subtle (or not-so-subtle) jokes about Canadian country stars injected into Canadian Hydropower Association President’s comments during the keynote. Along with exhibitors, attendees, and some of my PennWell coworkers, I sipped my very first caipirinha while chatting about HydroVision Brazil. I managed to ride a mechanical bull at a vendor party for more than 30 seconds – not once – but twice. The technical tour I led on Monday enjoyed some amazing Kentucky countryside and made the acquaintance of a charming local who helped us navigate through the windy roads. And last but not least, the karaoke. Oh, the karaoke.

It was not all fun and games however, but a fantastic meeting of the minds, both in the conference sessions and on the exhibit floor. I was reminded yet again that HydroVision International is truly the pulse of the hydropower industry. As I listened to the best of the best discuss what they saw on the horizon in marine hydrokinetics or passionately described their product to a potential buyer, all I could think was that this event is more than essential to the industry. From what I heard from all of you, you agreed.

Suffice it to say, I enjoyed HydroVision this year and really hope that you did too. Also, keep your eyes on HydroWorld.com and HydroEvent.com for great pictures, video and other treats from the event!

Lastly, I want to say a sincere thank you to all of you that participated. Whether you were part of the steering committee, spoke on a panel, manned a booth, or took the stage as a keynote speaker, you played an integral role in the success of this year’s event. And we couldn’t have done it without you.

So thank you.

If you missed out this year, you will not want to miss HydroVision International 2015, which will be held in Portland Oregon July 14-17, 2015. So start writing some papers, order some great booth giveaways and pick some karaoke songs because it will be here before we know it. See you in Portland!

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Bethany Duarte formerly was associate editor of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines.

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