Remember last year, when I reported that session panellist Amy Muller was refused entry to Web 2.0 Expo because she was carrying a baby? At the time, it was claimed that Moscone’s insurance didn’t cover minors.
I just wanted to point out a few small things…
“Some kids checking out a fully functional R2-D2 remote controlled droid.” — pat_o_rama on Flickr, under CC-BY-NC-SA
“Wonderwoman, Supergirl, and some admirers” — ClockworkGrue on Flickr, under CC-BY-NC-SA
These pics were taken at WonderCon, which was held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center in February. I think the R2D2 pic is taken by the escalators where the security guard stopped Amy and prevented her from entering the conference space with her 4 month old daughter.
I think this shows that there is no fundamental reason (insurance or otherwise) why children can’t be allowed at Web 2.0 Expo or any other tech conference at the Moscone Center, if they behave appropriately.
To pre-empt the likely comments about badly-behaved whining kids and crying babies, I’ll just quote from my previous blog post on the subject:
If given a choice between a crying baby who can be taken outside and out of the way, let alone a well behaved kid, and that bearded guy in the second row whoâ€™s always interrupting speakers to ask tangential, rambling questions (which, in fact, are actually statements), I know who Iâ€™d rather have at my tech conference.