PodCamp Toronto 2009 – Bigger, Better?

I’m at the end of an exhausting but wonderful weekend. PodCamp Toronto 2009 was held over the last two days and, as an organizer, it was an immensely rewarding experience.

I’ll have posts on various topics from this year’s event throughout the week, so I’ll keep this post brief. 

First, a few interesting points about PodCamp Toronto this year:

  • More than double the size of PodCamp Toronto 2008 – between 500 and 600 people this year (over 500 confirmed)
  • Top trending topic on Twitter on both days; pretty much all day Saturday (see below)
  • Hundreds of photos posted on Flickr already
  • For a short time, PodCamp Toronto was “bigger than Jesus” (hat tip to Bob Goyetche and Mark Blevis) at one point this weekend

My Presentations

I gave two presentations this weekend. One was planned in advance – thinking about and doing social media measurement takes up a good chunk of my time nowadays, so it made sense to talk about it and I signed-up to present on that several months ago.

My second session was a little more impromptu – I woke up on Sunday morning and decided I felt like presenting again, so I signed-up to host a session on the ethics of social media PR. Happily, both sessions were well-attended and well-received.  The slides for each are embedded below.

I’ll have more thoughts, and a couple of interviews, from PodCamp Toronto over the next few days. 

For now, if you went to PodCamp this weekend, what did you think? What was good/bad/indifferent?

  • Just having a reason to come to town and hang out with all my friends is enough to make it amazing, but the whole deal was awesome. Get’s better every year. Don’t know why some people feel things need to change! Great job by all the organizers and thanks to the sponsors for helping out!

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  • Dave, the spirit of Podcamp and social media in general has been very inspiring. To be able to attend vicariously via twitter, streaming video and shared powerpoint presentations is great.
    This weekend, I did same from NFLD for tourism folk (ustream / slideshare, twitter engagement etc.).

    Having missed podcamp, I look forward to catching up on highlights this week.

    I think conference planners in general need to look at how social media conferences spread the love by inviting the world in – sharing presos, etc. To bring folks into the room builds the brand and increases exposure of the experience.

    As conference attendees know, information is basically free. Relationships take time and attendance. So sharing info as you have done here helps grow future biz opportunities.

    MCIT folk in general could learn a lot from podcamp model, not withstanding the open – unconference atmosphere that lets delegates get what they need.

    Cudos.
    t.

  • The only consistent bit of negative feedback (in a sea of positive) was that the sessions were too short – which speaks to the quality of the content!

    It seemed to me that if we had some 60-minute and some 30-minute sessions, we could dive deep on topics that deserve it (some of the tutorials, for example).

    I don’t want to take away from the tremendous success of PodCampToronto, though! It was a great day and I was disappointed not to be able to attend the Sunday sessions.

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  • Dave:

    Great seeing you and many old and now new friends at Podcamp Toronto on Sunday. Looks like Saturday would have been the day to go as Sunday’s topics were as relevant to my needs…and hence the law of two feet.

    I kept my mouth shut during the wrap up session because I feel a few of my ideas may take a bit of the Un from the Unconference (plus with the odd drama at the end there, the show was plenty interesting with my input).

    When you ask 50 people for opinions you get 50 different answers. The BEST idea I heard was the concept of color coding in some way the sessions so people could understand who the session was primarily aimed at (beginner topic, intermediate, advanced, mensa etc).

    And as always, the descriptions of each session could always be better.

    Sounds like criticism or possibly a negative response on the event from me but it is not.

    All of it was great.

    And my particular kudos to Tommy Vallier and his Mentor’s Lounge. I went in as a volunteer and Tommy handled the management of that VERY well.

    Thanks to everybody who helped out. Really appreciated the effort and allowing a buffalo boy to come join your party.

    Best always,
    – Peter

  • It rocked Dave. It was a fantastic event. You guys should all be very proud.

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • I actally liked the shorter-format sessions and thought they were snappier, to the point and engaging.

    And, sorry Dave, I chose Brogan’s over yours. He kicked a chair over in your honour though!

    John.