Pinball Map Seminar at Pinball Expo 2023
This past weekend we were privileged to present a seminar at Pinball Expo 2023. We’d like to thank Rob Berk for inviting us, and all the other organizers and staff for putting it on. We’d also like to thank David Marston for his great introduction to our seminar. It was a very fun event.
This is the first time we’ve done something like this. Since Pinball Map is 15 years old, we thought we’d focus on a brief history of the project, with an emphasis on our motivations and philosophies and goals. We spent time on open source and accessible APIs, and why we chose to create a free and open community-run tool rather than a business.
The 45 minutes flew by. Plenty more to talk about! Thanks to everyone who attended. Watch it below! Thanks to Pinball News for recording and posting the video.
The Expo was a great opportunity for us to get together and have fun! It was a blast to wander the floor and play tons of pinball. The whole event was jam packed with new releases, great homebrews, booths that demonstrated the breadth of the pinball market, and giant rows of machines to play. The Stern factory tour was also really great. We couldn’t take pictures, but the memories will live on in our brains (until we forget them). Somehow they managed to give tours to about 800 people. Unreal!
One thing we appreciated was that basically everyone we ran into knew about and used Pinball Map. It’s cool to connect with folks in person, and it helped us appreciate that this is truly a tool that many people use and like.
From Ryan, Beth, and Scott - thank you!