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LIVE from Providence: Opening Day at Netroots Nation 2012… in pictures!

Good afternoon from Providence! We have had a busy day so far here on the first day of the seventh annual Netroots Nation, as you may have noticed if you’ve been following our morning convention coverage.

Though we try to be as descriptive as we can when we’re covering panels, keynotes, and special events, a picture is worth a thousand words, as the old adage goes. So, for your enjoyment, here is a short photo essay depicting the first morning of Netroots Nation 2012. All the photos were taken by me and curated by Patrick.

A view of the foyer at the Rhode Island Convention Center on the first day of Netroots Nation 2012

A view of the foyer at the Rhode Island Convention Center on the first day of Netroots Nation 2012 (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

The Rhode Island Convention Center, which is hosting us for the weekend, is one of the best venues we’ve ever been in. It is nicely laid out, with plenty of comfortable seating in the open space, lots of water stations, . The walk from the exhibition hall and main hall to the panel rooms is appreciably short, and because the walk involves ascending or descending a series of escalators, you always get a view when you’re moving from one place to another.

Max Berger, Matt Browner-Hamlin, Peggy Mears, and Lenore Palladino discuss the need for a concrete plan to break up oversized Wall Street banks like Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Two sets of panel sessions were held this morning (the first at 9 AM, the second at 10:30 AM). I attended a panel called The Heart of the Beast: How the Grassroots is Taking on Big Banking in a rather spacious ballroom which had seemingly a zillion chairs set out for people to sit in (many of them were filled due to high interest in the panel). The photo above is of that panel.

Attendees gather in the Exhibition Hall to visit booths and talk to other conventiongoers. (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

The exhibit hall is adjacent to the main hall, as it was last year, and includes a blogger lounge (sponsored by Daily Kos, as seen above) and dozens of booths staffed by progressive organizations, campaign vendors, and socially/environmentally conscious businesses.

Winning Smarter: Using Data to Transform Elections

One of the second sessions on Thursday morning included a panel discussion led by Darcy Burner about the importance of using data to campaign effecitvely (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

The panels we’ve been to so far have been well-attended. We understand from the Netroots Nation organizers that we may set a new record for registrations this year, which would be pretty cool. The second panel I went to (Winning Smarter: Using Data to Transform Elections) was held in one of the smaller ballrooms and there was hardly an empty seat in the room due to high interest.