The Boring Conference

Photograph of Man yawning from boredom to illustrate the Boring Conference

London’s most boring conference, the Boring Conference, returns to celebrate the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked today at Conway Hall, Holborn…

On the surface, the sixth annual Boring Conference is like a tedious TED. Previous speech topics have included toast, the typeface Comic Sans, vending machine noises and sneezing. Discussions at this year’s event, on 7 May at London’s Conway Hall, include East German pedestrian crossing signals, a statistical analysis on making tea and 400 audience members playing board game Mastermind. According to founder James Ward, subjects “may be considered trivial, but reveal themselves to be actually deeply fascinating”. But if your product ever ends up on the agenda here, it might be time to rethink the R&D strategy.

About the Boring Conference:

The Boring Conference is a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked; subjects often considered trivial and pointless, but when examined more closely reveal themselves to be deeply fascinating. Previous speakers have included Jon Ronson, Robin Ince, Josie Long and Adam Curtis. People have talked about sneezing, toast, IBM tills, the sounds made by vending machines, the Shipping Forecast, barcodes, yellow lines, London shop fronts, the television programme Antiques Road Trip and the features of the Yamaha PSR-175 Portatune keyboard.

The Boring conference takes place today at Conway Hall


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