The Boring Conference Finds Fascination In Dull Topics
Most conferences are at least a little boring. The Boring Conference, contrary to its title, tries not to be. Established in 2010, after the founder of the "Interesting" conference announced its cancellation, the Boring Conference bills itself as "a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked." The challenge of the conference is not to find the most boring topic, but to distill the most interesting parts from a boring topic and share them with the audience. "...most things," founder James Ward told The Guardian, "if you look at them in enough detail, can become fascinating. There's almost always something there." Past speakers have expounded upon topics including sneezing, the history of lampposts, German film titles, Eric Clapton's bookshelf, and how to cook meals with the equipment found in hotel rooms. Learn more about how the conference got its start in the videos below.