For me, iDrink07 really started at around 21:00 and not in 19:00 as it should have.
19:00 was cool, there were a lot of people already but it wasn’t too crowded. By 19:45 you couldn’t move, or have more than 2 inches of space, or not be wet. It was too crowded. I can’t say anything bad, except iDrink07 was a success; a too-successful-event done in a wrong place, in a small place.
I had to go out for some air with friends and to take a walk instead of mingling and soacializing. I got in at around 21:00, when the startup presentations were over, and when people started going outside to mingle and to get air. this is when when I got in back inside. In a matter of minutes i succeeded to meet new people, exchange cards and schedule talks to the days to come. I take these events seriously, so when i come to a social event I expect the space to fit. When I wrote in Ning i was coming, i started getting all those emails from other men and women who registered themselves… i realized it was going to be crowded, I think the organizers new it too.
so, a crowd is good. Very crowded place isn’t good. And as iDrink just became an institution for the internet industry (in a sense that “you gotta be there”) the organizers must deliver better environments next times.