This week, I attended the Slush conference, an annual event in Northern Europe that brings together entrepreneurs, investors and journalists from around the world together in the darkness and cold that defines Helsinki, Finland around this time of the year.

The conference was great, though on a personal level I’m getting a bit tired of how ginormous some of these conferences are growing.

Long have I given up trying to see all the interesting keynote speakers and panels or meeting all the people I want to meet at these types of events. So many stages, floors and rooms, so many side-events to the side-events, so many miles walked within a single venue.

There were long queues in the morning, as you'd expect from an event this size
There were long queues in the morning, as you’d expect from any event this size

But I must say the atmosphere at Slush was amazing, the parties were fantastic as ever (though the main one felt a lot like a patchworks of different parties organised in a huge shopping mall) and the people were far from as cold as the weather. Shout-out to the 1,400 or-so volunteers who were super helpful and polite as more than 12,000 people tried to navigate their way around the massive venue, which at times seemed a lot like a rave party hall, only without music to dance to.

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Lasers. Lasers everywhere.

You can read all about what happened on and off stage at Slush elsewhere, I’m sure (ArcticStartup is a great starting point), but I took it upon myself to take some photos with my relatively shitty compact digital camera to put together something of a photo essay.

Mind you, I’m no Dan Taylor (see the Tech.eu photo essays he’s helped us put together).

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Even the trees were decorated. Spared no expense.
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Perhaps a little surprising, but this was the ‘Green’ stage.
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Angels. Angels everywhere.
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Slush stickers. Slush stickers everywhere.
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These American guys were there to demonstrate a robotic mouse for cats to play with.
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Sometimes, you could really tell that this conference took place in Finland.
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I ran into this similarly-dressed guy, whose name escapes me.
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Going to the bathroom was slightly intimidating.
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Zeppelins. Zeppelins everywhere. Actually just one.
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Only took a cursory glance at what this guy does.
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One of the always-smiling volunteers as the startup competition winners gets announced.
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That’s all folks. All images credit to Tech.eu, obviously.