PodCamp Toronto: the recap

I’ll cut right to the chase and say this year’s PodCamp Toronto (#PCTO2010), my second time, was a great experience all around. It’s one event I’ll continually look forward too and it keeps betting better and better. Here’s a quick rundown of my highlights from the event:

The organizers and other volunteers that worked for a long time to put on this event that just seems to get bigger and bigger the longer it’s going, now in it’s fourth year. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment on top of their other responsibilities so a big shout out to them.

Those who showed up (over 900) made it even more clear that this event is the primo social media get-together in the region (maybe the country?). Along with Tweeps I’ve met before, I met a few more that I’ve chatted with for a long time, and met new ones that I look forward to tweeting with in the future.

Great presenters & presentations – An unconference like PodCamp is a strange beast. It’s has to be geared toward an audience that’s extremely familiar with the subject matter and one that may just be figuring things out. I like to consider myself in the former category and the sessions I went to were very informative and engaging. I didn’t get to see all the sessions I wanted, but thankfully presentations should be available to watch, and many are on slideshare. Here are a few sessions I enjoyed:

  • Dave Fleet presented “Integration, Integration, Integration: Communications in the New Social Media Ecosystem”. He went through ways companies like Molson are combining social media with traditional public relations, and succeeding. The audience was engaged and there was a lot of interaction, which is what you want out of a PodCamp session.
  • Brad Buset discussed how we manage to share essentially our lives online, but manage the security risks involved with it. His session “Defaulting Privacy: Personal information and the social web” was relaxed and a great first presentation – I see many more to come in the future. (PS. If you were there, sorry about turning the lights off and on!)
  • “When Social Media Becomes Unsociable” with Miranda McCurlie and David Bradfield discussed how companies handle negative perception online. They provided great examples, from personal experience to large companies. As with Dave’s  session above, the audience was engaged and interaction was plenty.
  • On Sunday I sat in on “Twitter and Dating: tips for dating 140 characters or less” with Jeremy Wright and Melissa Smich. It was clearly the fun session and a good break from the others. They went over the do’s and don’ts of Twitter dating, or #Twating, including unacceptable pickup lines, which I wish for the life of me I could remember because they were hilarious.

Did you make it out this weekend? What were your highlights and why?

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About Sean Bailey
Social media specialist who also happens to be a tech geek that's addicted to reading, movies, music, sports and coffee. Anything said on this blog is my opinion (obviously).

2 Responses to PodCamp Toronto: the recap

  1. Lisa says:

    Hey Sean!

    Great meeting you this weekend. LOVED Jeremy’s & Melissa’s session, will be tweeting a fave #twaiting pick up line for as long as I can remember ’em. :p Here’s the link to their session so you can hilariously tweet ’em along w/ moi!

    http://prezi.com/kyhapvzphpes/twitter-and-dating/

  2. Sean Bailey says:

    Thanks for commenting Lisa! It was great to meet you too this weekend!

    Thanks for the link to the presentation. Too funny. It’s hard to say, but I think my favourite is “Be my date and I will #ff you every day of the week.”

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