Our favorite meet-ps of the year are often the ones where we get to see Portland-area bloggers connect with each other, discuss blogging ups and downs, and create lasting relationships. This year’s Speed Networking Meet-Up is sure to be one of our favorites of 2015 as the conversations didn’t stop the whole time! Portland area photographer Aubrie LeGault snapped some beautiful images to help us remember the event.
Portland Bloggers’ Speed Networking 2015 Event with Passionfruit
We had a lot of fun at last year’s Speed Networking event and received great comments about the event in our post-event survey, so knew we had to bring it back for the 2015 meet-up year.
Our host Passionfruit recently made the move to Portland and has been supportive of the Portland blogging scene from the moment they opened their office. Their SE Portland office space was the perfect space for a laid-back and comfortable brunch meet-up.
A brunch of fruit, veggies, cheeses and meat were put together to compliment the variety of tasty bagels provided by Bowery Bagels. Bowery provided a variety of bagel bites with cream cheese schmear. They also included a variety of vegan-friendly bagel bites with a cashew schmear. Local coffee shop Black Rock Coffee Bar provided coffee to help keep the room caffeinated.
This year’s layout differed a bit from last years which was more similar to speed dating. This year we decided to do a group style of speed networking. Guests were given a table number for the first round. Each round the group of attendees would select from a variety of question cards and go around the table answering blogger-specific questions. Often we ended up chatting about even more than what the questions indicated! Then the group would choose a new table number for the next round.
Guests had the opportunity to win a variety of prizes including a year membership with Passionfruit, free advertising space on our Portland Bloggers website and a few fun blogging books. It was a fun way to end the morning.
During our breaks we had a photo booth set up for attendees to take shots with their new friends. The photo booth images are being posted on Facebook!
Check out our awesome sponsors!
A big, big thank you goes out to all the awesome sponsors that helped make this event possible. We appreciate the support of local Portland bloggers and hope that you do too! Please check out the websites of these awesome supporters of Portland blogs and connect with them online!
Host: Passionfruit | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Photographer: Aubrie LeGault Photography | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Bagels: Bowery Bagels | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Coffee: Black Rock Coffee Bar | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
See more of these great meet-up images on our Facebook page!
Did you attend this year’s Speed Networking meet-up? Comment below with your favorite moments, link to your recap or thoughts for next year’s event!