Why should a conference 'Launch Pad' take place on a holiday?

I was a little surprised to say the least to see that the Ignite Where 2.0 Launchpad, a prelude to the O' Reilly-Where 2.0 Conference (you know Maps and all...online), was taking place last night in San Jose.

Did someone forget it was a holiday? Is there no value in long week-ends?
I know it is only a holiday here in the US but I would feel the same if any conference started on Bastille Day.

Maybe this topic would be more suitable on True Crap.

On balancing life and work: How to cut the information overload down to size and Leisure is vital...Work and play in Scandinavia

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