the talk I made *was* about the attendees. there were about 100 attendees in those stands that had a very good time at this event. They enjoyed reliving the experience and sharing it with their friends who didn't get to see the event live. if you think one minute about that is a big time waster, then be a little charitable to others and go buy yourself a coke during that part of the show.
the talk i made thanked the volunteers who helped put this event on, who, btw, are rally attendees, too. It took 20 seconds to thank the top people on the team and show the other names on-screen. while some people may be completely insensitive to the motivational effects of being recognized, i bet they never had a bunch of young & enthusiastic volunteers come up and shake their hands after the show saying "thanks for a great time!" after working their butts off for the past 5 days.
and, if it weren't for vendors we wouldn't even have grand prizes & sponsorships worth nearly one hundred thousand dollars, meaning we wouldn't have to sit through a boring giveaway ceremony in the first place. certainly there are shorter ways to give supporting vendors their due, which we should implement. but i'd personally take the current approach over the lifeless, no, soul-less but yes, shorter closing ceremonies being recommended, and i sat through both of versions of them.
ok, now i will SHUT UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP! ( sorry rob)