Yes you have a good memory. Can't believe that I already forgot about this event that I actually attended in the SoFa district during 2015 - 2016. Father time is wrecking havoc on my memory when I can't even remember what happened just several year ago. After doing a bit of googling, I do recall now all of the publicity it got here in DTSJ & how it might someday rival SXSW. The prime organizer of the C2SV event, Dan Pulcrano Metro newspaper CEO had a great vision of what this could do for DTSJ in terms of making this a destination city.
https://vimeo.com/163698877 - C2SV 2016: Creative Convergence Silicon ValleyQ: What are your hopes for this event?
A: I hope that people will be inspired and energized by the ideas that will be shared at the conference. I am personally excited about the VC Pitch Competition that we’ve organized for promising startups looking for funding. It would be wonderful to see an interesting new idea be launched at C2SV. I also think people will enjoy the level of entertainment that C2SV will bring to San Jose and enjoy dining here and walking around downtown.
In the long run, I hope this is the beginning of an important annual event that will attract people from all over the world to celebrate innovation and art here. San Jose has a vibrant culture with many talented and interesting people from all sorts of disciplines – and it should be recognized as an important cultural destination. I am hoping that C2SV can play a role in helping evolve the San Jose brand.
It has been said by many people that because the S.F. Bay Area has so many top tier attractions going on virtually every week that it is very difficult for a new event to take root. In the bay area, we have all of the major sport franchises (Niners, Raiders(last year). Warriors, Sharks,Giants, A's, Earthquakes) along with major concerts going on somewhere in the 9-county bay area on a regular basis. Then we have many major amusement choices (Great America, Six Flags, Monterey bay Aquarium, etc.,along with the natural attractions of the beaches along our coast & the ability to drive to the Sierras or redwood preserves along the North Coast, the many wineries, etc ad infinitum. All of these competing attractions make it much more difficult for a new fledgling event like the C2SV to get noticed. All of these events are competing for people's attention & money so that a start up event like the C2SV had a high hurdle to climb just to get noticed in order to become a long term success. Someone with deep pockets & willingness to make a long term commitment would have to come along to make an event like C2SV a success.
OTOH, a city like Austin, Texas has no major league sports franchises, no beautiful ocean beaches, no Sierra Nevada mountain range nearby, no Yosemite or great Redwood forests, etc. to compete with. In addition, Austin lacks the sheer number of top tier venues like we have here in the bay area where A-list entertainers regularly perform. This helps an event like the SXSW in Austin standout due to the lack of competing attractions like we have here.