General

Vancouver Blogger Meetup

by Darren Barefoot ()

Over the past six months or so, we've held three blogger meetups in Vancouver. They've been enjoyable evenings of drinking and carrying on, and have had 20-25 people out each time. This Google search will lead you to some descriptions and photos of previous events.

The next meetup will be on February 17--a couple of days before Northern Voice. Combine this with the pre-conference
blog walk
that Roland is planning,
and it's a whole weekend of blogginess.

Blogger Meetup Thingy-ma-bob
February 17, 7:00pm onwards
Upstairs at The Whip
209 East 6th Avenue (just east of Main, here's
a map
)

Come on out, bring your friends. If you're coming into town for the conference,
come early and drop by.

Ten Tips for Panelists

by Darren Barefoot ()

All of us organizers are moderating at least one panel discussion at Northern Voice. As such, I thought it'd be a good idea to pass on (via Dana), Guy Kawasaki's The Art of Being on a Panel. Here's an excerpt:

7. Make casual conversation. You’re on stage, but act like you’re not. Simply make conversation with the moderator and other panelists. Don’t pontificate and don’t “make a speech.

Conference Events Organization

by 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.

Hmmmm....maybe Robert Scoble will do a bus tour?

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.

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