San Francisco Airport Launches #Converge@flySFO Innovation Space

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Last month San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opened up an 850 square foot meeting room in the International Terminal near Gate G93.  The space is has an awkward name – #Converge@flySFO – but features free wi-fi, tables, chairs, power outlets, a white board and a magnetic chalk board. According to the flysfo/converge website it’s a place for travelers “to exchange ideas about technology, start-ups, the shared economy, disruption, travel, politics, and ways to change the world.”Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 10.52.19 PM

The website also encourages travelers to “either walk-in and take your chances on randomly meeting someone interested in your idea, or you can do a little shameless online self-promotion in advance of your travels,” as the lounge is encouraging travelers to promote their meetings on twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Foursquare.

Bottom Line:
A somewhat interesting idea, but I wonder if it is just going to attract a crowd who is looking more for a place to plug in their laptops rather than to engage in lively discussions with total strangers. Has anyone seen or used this space? I would imagine this lounge will be even less attractive once the American Express Centurion Lounge opens in SFO reportedly next week. What do you think?

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