Mac Mingle 2009 — a party by Deborah Shadovitz during Macworld Expo 2009

The full set of Deborah Shadovitz' ground-breaking Macworld Expo parties
[Party for the People 2004Party for the People 2005Party for the People 2006]
[The 2007 Mac MingleThe 2008 Mac MingleThe 2009 Mac Mingle]

The Mac Mingle is a party open to all Macworld Expo attendees wearing a Macworld badge.
This is a great opportunity for attendees to relax, unwind after a few days at the show, and mingle with many top Mac luminaries.

The party offers a casual setting and is the perfect chance to share and discover the Expo's greatest finds so you can check them out Friday. We'll have a no-host bar and, thanks to our generous sponsors, light hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening as long as they last. Jillian's full menu will also be available with items for purchase in case you're really hungry.

If you are planning to attend and want to let us know, send Deb an email.
Not required, it's just nice is we have an idea.

Thursday, January 8, 2009
That's the Thursday of Macworld Expo

7pm - 11:45pm

Our Great Sponsors!

Mac Mingle is being made possible by the following sponsors.

Oh, we just might have a trivia contest, so if you know your Mac trivia or know about our sponsors you might take home a nice prize.

  • Aquafadas

  • Circus Ponies —
    Circus Ponies NoteBook is a great app for keeping track of your thoughts and life.
    Create a notebook for every project you do, or one that covers several projects. For example, I have one in which I keep all my notes for creating great events.
    You can write or paste notes, add or reference images, record sounds, and more.

  • HearPlanet —
    hear planet logoA professional tour guide no matter where you are — right on your iPod or iPhone.

    Global Coverage with Hundreds of Thousands of Locations
    Additional Enhanced Content Added Daily
    Geolocation for Instant Info on What's Nearby Convenient Search for Almost Anything in the World

  • JBL by Harman & AKG by & AKG.comAKG logo
    Great audio.

  • RadTech LLC —
    RadTech designs, manufactures and OEM's innovative, practical, high-tech accessories for your Mac. They don't just buy cheap electronics; they put thought into the components they use to built their stuff.

  • MacSpeech —
    Makers of Dictate, the Mac's dictation and voice control software that lets you control virtually any Macintosh application and dictate your text instead of typing.. First MacSpeech gave us iListen, then they one-upped themselves with Dictate.

  • Other World Computing —
    Hard drives, RAM, and so much more for you Mac. Figuring out what you need put into your Mac is a cinch at OWC's site. Then they go on to make it simple to buy and as easy as possible to afford. Ram, drives, burners, batteries... all here. Plenty of other stuff too.

  • Elgato —
    Turn your Mac into the world's most affordable HDTV as well as a full-featured digital video recorder. Elgato's TV tuners receive both analog and digital TV, so they're great solutions for the upcoming digital transition in February.

    Watch, pause, and rewind live TV while you do your email. Record your favorite shows or an entire season. Edit out the commercials and put your recordings into iTunes to sync with an iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV. You can even capture analog video and turn your old home movies into digital files and burn them to disc

  • Rage Software —
    Rage Software makes easy to use website tools that help you get your sites found on the internet. Get your site listed In all major search engines, monitor your rankings in over 60 search engines, manage your sites and domains, learn which of your keywords are most profitable. And then there is Rage's set of site creation tools. They also make Macintosh Explorer, a new way to view your files in the Finder.

  • FileMaker Pro —
    Database may be a scary word to some folks, but it's not to anyone who uses FIleMaker Pro or Bento to keep records and track well, just about anything.

  • FreshBooks
    Invoicing for Freelancers, Consultants & Service Professionals
    Save time, get paid faster and look Fortune 500 professional with easy-to-use online invoicing from FreshBooks. From estimates and expenses to time tracking and invoicing, FreshBooks lets you focus on your work, not your paperwork. Customize the service with your own logo and colors, accept payments with PayPal,, and track time from the Mac OS X Dashboard widget or from your Phone.
    To learn more about FreshBooks or to create your FREE account and get started today, click here!

Are you on the fence about going to Macworld Expo?
Would it help if you could still find a great, affordable hotel?

I talked to the people at one of my all-time favorite hotels and they worked with me to come down in price as much as possible to make things easier for us in this messy economy. Maybe this will help you come on over.

The hotel is the Hotel Abri, just .4 miles from Moscone.(It used to be the Monticello.) The 91-room, smoke-free hotel features FeatherBorne beds. (You fall right to sleep in these beds.) iPod docking stations, free in-room wi-fi, hair drier and ironing boards in-room, two PCs (sorry not Macs...yet) in the lobby for email checking, free fair-trade coffee from 6-9am in the lobby, a town car (schedule permitting) to Moscone in the morning, and a lobby that's great for meeting fellow attendees in to hang out.

The Macworld MacMingle pricing is for King, Queen, or Double Double (all are deluxe).

If you'd like to reserve a room, call 866-823-4669 toll-free andask for the Macworld MacMingle pricing. You can reserve until Dec 29, 2008, if rooms are still available. In case you're like to expand your San Francisco stay, these prices are good from January 1 - January 13, based on availability.

Hotel Abri
127 Ellis Street, San Francisco CA 94102
(Between Powell and Cyril Magnin Streets, just the other side of Market from Moscone.)

If you book a room with us,
I'd love to hear from you.

The Press Release

Los Angeles, CA December 17, 2008 -- We may have to cut back on many things in 2009, but there's no need to cut back on the fun at Macworld Expo! Respected author, consultant and radio personality, Deb Shadovitz again steps into her role as social hostess for her fifth annual party at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, CA as part of the conference's external festivities. The Mac Mingle [] is a unique opportunity for all Macworld Expo attendees — old-timers, first-timers, software vendors, hardware vendors — to get to know one another.

"During the day vendors have to man their booths and attendees are busy trying to get to every booth or seminar and learn as much as possible before the magical week of Macworld Expo is over for another full year," explains Deborah. "That's why I created a party where everyone can come and meet socially. At the Mac Mingle, you can meet fellow attendees, get to know the people behind your favorite software or hardware on a non-business level, meet some of your favorite Mac authors, and become more connected to the Mac community."

The Mac Mingle is unique in that it is free and open to all Macworld Expo badge-holders. (You really do need to wear the badge while there.) This is also a party where people can actually talk and have conversations. Perhaps we'll have music, games or contests, but you'll always be able to continue your conversation without having to step outside.

Shadovitz continues, "We want you to come mingle with some of the authors or editors whose words have helped you with your Mac over the years." Meet authors such as Adam Christianson (MacCast podcast), Ken Ray (, Scott Bourne (co-host of This Week in Photography and publisher of, Victor Cajiao (Typical Mac User Podcast), and Dennis Sellers (, Derrick Story (Book Author, O'Reilly), Dave Hamilton ( and Chuck La Tournous ( A few other recognizable names or people may just show up too, schedule permitting.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. A no-host bar will be available for drink purchases, and a full menu is available in case you're really hungry.

Come on by at 7 or after dinner or your other engagements. Or, of course you can dine right at Jillian's even before the party starts. You're welcome to come by at any time. You'll find Mac folks there until 11:45.

macmingle banner 2009The Mac Mingle is sponsored by:
Circus Ponies

Other World Computing (OWC)
Rage Software
FileMaker Pro


For More Information Contact:
Deborah Shadovitz
Mac/Web Author & Columnist
Mac Trainer & Presenter Extraordinaire
Cool Mac Event Producer


The Banner

It is 8 feet tall x 4 feet wide.

By the way, if you need a banner for Macworld Expo or any other event, you won't find a better deal — $ for the quality — than from where I have had my party banners printed since 2005. (Don't let their site put you off. I promise the site does not relect the quality of their banners. I just can't get the owner to see his flaws there.) Be sure to let them know this is a referral to Mark Hartman for your order.

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