Conference Events Organizationby Boris Mann ( )
I've created a conference events page in response to a request. There's an "edit this page" link there, even if you don't have an account. Kind of like a wiki by any other name. Feel free to add Vancouver info, hotel tips, plan events...or really anything related to Vancouver or the conference.
You know, every year when I helped put on the VBITS conference in the 1990s I'd do a bus trip the day after the conference to somewhere fun. Everyone was invited. It cost something like $1200 to rent a bus for the day (holds 40 people).
Pre conference BlogWalk and post conference BlogShoe?by Roland Tanglao ( )
I am definitely up for a BlogWalk. Anybody have suggested walks or topics? Should be easy to find some topics from the conference schedule if we want to discuss something besides community issues.
I vote for pre conference BlogWalk through Chinatown or Stanley park and a post conference BlogWalk by snowshoeing through Cypress (perhaps we could call this a BlogShoe! Don't worry if you have never snowshoed before, it's easy and you can rent equipment).
Here's my (very) tentative suggestion for a pre-conference BlogWalk:
Speakers and Schedule Announced!by Darren Barefoot ( )
After much negotiation, communication and white-board usage, we've got a full-on schedule with all our speakers sorted. Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal. We were blown away by the quality and diversity of all of the submissions, and count ourselves lucky that we had so many to choose from.
We've tried to create a conference that will be of interest to both the beginner and veteran blogger, both the technically-inclined and the technically-ambivalent. We think we've got something for everybody, and all for the ridiculously low price of $20 (if you register ahead of time). Check out the schedule below, and be sure to register!
The conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday, February 19, 2005. For more information, check out the FAQ.
Choosing Speakers and Sessionsby Darren Barefoot ( )
The organizers of Northern Voice got together at UBC today (in a sweet, sweet room--thanks, Brian) to hash out speakers and sessions. It was actually relatively straight-forward--we didn't come to blows once. We plan to email the successful candidates soon, and we'll be announcing speakers and a schedule shortly. The sessions are looking really cool at the moment--we're planning a broad range of cultural and technical topics.
Northern Voice: YUL?by Darren Barefoot ( )
When we originally discussed this conference, we conceived it as something that could be repeatable across the country. That's part of the reason we chose the generically-Canadian name Northern Voice. In particular, we liked the idea of each conference identifying itself by its airport code, as in Northern Voice: YVR We didn't do that for Vancouver's conference because it was the first one, we figured we'd see what might happen.
Over in Montreal, Seb Paquet proposed having a local social software conference. We think this is a great idea, not only for obvious reasons but also because we'd all like to visit Montreal. We told Seb he could use the Northern Voice name, logo and collateral material if he's interested. How does Voix Nordique sound?