Horizon Newsletter • March 21, 2022
Horizon Live 2022 Recap

XBE hosted Horizon Live 2022, our first user conference, from February 28th to March 2nd in Kansas City. It was a great success, and we're excited to share some of the highlights.

By The Numbers

Attendance and engagement blew away our expectations.

  • 122 attendees
  • 22 companies
  • 17 sessions
  • 35 speakers
  • 20 release notes
  • 2 parties

We surveyed attendees after the event, and they loved it!

  • Overall: 9.0 / 10
  • Networking: 9.2 / 10
  • Content: 8.7 / 10
  • Venue: 8.7 / 10
  • Plan to attend future XBE events: 9.5 / 10

Countless Little Touches

The XBE team did a fantastic job sweating the little details that made the event so special. Some of my favorite bits include:

  • Hand-written "Mad Libs"-style thank you cards
  • XBE-branded tote bags, t-shirts, notebooks, coasters, and more swag
  • Attendee awards (best dancer, best accent, etc)
  • Personalized entry music for every speaker
  • Six styles of custom XBE stickers

No detail was too small to care about except for Grant Wollenhaupt's shorts on Tuesday morning. They were too small.

Hot Topics

With such a large and diverse group of attendees, the topics of conversation and presentation were wide ranging. A handful of themes stood out:

  • The XBE community is bigger than people realized!
  • The Gallagher Asphalt team has done an impressive job blazing the trail regarding long-term scheduling and backlog management and others are ready to follow in their footsteps.
  • People are hungry for technical content and networking opportunities - the more, the better.
  • Everyone struggles with the same challenges and benefits from collaboration and shared solutions.

Top Shots

We loved the photos captured by Mark, our event photographer. Here are 10 favorites:

Full Room Wide Shot

Sean Devine

Angelo Todd

Gallagher Panel

Jim Trost and Trey Bowen

Grant Wollenhaupt Pointing

Reid Banks

Jordan Hoekstra

Dark Mode Graph

Sean Devine Singing?

Wind In Our Sails

Horizon Live 2022 was XBE's first event, and it was a lot of work. But, every bit of energy that we put in was returned to us two-fold.

We're thankful for the relationships (new and old), collaboration, and insight that we gained. It's amazing to see the community connecting in new and valuable ways.

Stay tuned for a recap video in the coming weeks!


Sean Devine
Founder & CEO, XBE