As usual the Monitorama talk selection team did a bang-up job. Every talk was interesting, but a few jumped out at me for some very specific reasons. I’ll broadly categorize these as the best talks (talks that gave me hope and inspiration), the worst talks (talks that terrified or depressed me), and the beautiful talks (talks that captured something beautiful).
While the world is largely returning to a semblance of comfort with larger public events, COVID is still a real and present threat, something we keep in the backs of our minds all the time. But having a sense of community is also important and so, we weigh the risks — go another year without collaboration and connection — or take sensible precautions, cross our fingers, and accept the risks of a large indoor gathering?