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.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]There were long queues in the morning, as you'd expect from an event this sizeThere were long queues in the morning, as you'd expect from any event this size[/caption]

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.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLasers. Lasers everywhere.[/caption]

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).

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESEven the trees were decorated. Spared no expense.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESPerhaps a little surprising, but this was the 'Green' stage.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAngels. Angels everywhere.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSlush stickers. Slush stickers everywhere.[/caption]

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThese American guys were there to demonstrate a robotic mouse for cats to play with.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]IMG_5492Sometimes, you could really tell that this conference took place in Finland.[/caption]

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI ran into this similarly-dressed guy, whose name escapes me.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESGoing to the bathroom was slightly intimidating.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESZeppelins. Zeppelins everywhere. Actually just one.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOnly took a cursory glance at what this guy does.[/caption]

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="798"]<SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOne of the always-smiling volunteers as the startup competition winners gets announced.[/caption]

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That's all folks. All images credit to Tech.eu, obviously.