On a bright Friday morning in a fully laden car, we headed for the Excel Centre deep in the docklands area of London. We were an international team with a couple of French guys from the Paris office, a Canadian, an Englishman and a kind of Australian, it was a true dream team.
Excel is a sprawling conference centre sat right on the dockside with easy access via the Docklands Light Railway, or known as “DLR” to the locals.
The DLR offered views of the rising metropolis of Canary Wharf and glimpses of the newly named “O2 Arena”(formerly the Millenium Dome). This was about as much sightseeing as our French team were going to manage for the trip.
An early start on Saturday morning as we reached the stand at 0900 and watched the early crowds descend on the Expo floor, we soon knew it was going to be a busy day.
By midday the queues to get in the place had swelled and snaked around the conference centre and Saturday became a bit of a blur as we handed out flyers and watched the swarms of people.
By the end of the first day we’d met a couple of the Urban Rivals UK community and there was rumour that a T-shirt was secured as a prize, although details still remain sketchy, especially from Pumpkin.
After pounding the conference floor for 9 hours, we finally trudged off to our accommodation across the city and thought about the next day ahead.