I am probably the least techy person you could ever meet. I started out with the mantra “at least she knows how to type”. Those were once fighting words for feminists and eventually became my best attribute.
So what was I doing at Social Media Camp? Learning a lot! Some may consider this a geeks weekend but the speakers were so diverse and so knowledgeable that there was definitely something for every writer, blogger, educator and business person.
Some speakers gave presentations that were very advanced but there was always a kernel in there even for the inexperienced attendee. What a coup for the organizers to be able to put such an informative program of speakers together that covered a wide range of topics and interests.
I especially enjoyed a feature called “knowledge cafe” where at any time you could stop by and talk to a real pro. I got lots of good advice about some of the features and programs on my laptop that I was either unfamiliar with or not utilizing fully.
There were a number of exhibitors on hand and you could find books by your favourite speaker at the Munro’s Book table.
The UsedEverywhere Play and Plug Lounge was a great spot to catch up on work between speakers and they provided the opportunity to recharge your iPad, laptop or cell phone. It was fun to hang out and visit with other attendees in a relaxed atmosphere.
Thanks to Freeman Audio Visual for providing Wifi at the Victoria Convention Centre for those attending the Social Media Camp.
Did I mention there was a 1967 Volkswagen in the upper foyer of the Victoria Convention Centre? Most asked question? How did they get that thing up here? With thanks to HotelZed for providing some relief from the serious sessions with a contest.
- Tod Maffin – Digital Technology & Marketing Guru
- Viveka von Rosen – Founder LinkedIntoBusiness
- Julien Smith – Co-founder/CEO Breather, New York Times bestselling author
- Dale Stephens – Founder/CEO UnCollege, Author of Hacking Your Education
There were about 36 scheduled speakers and presentations encompassing a two day period. Also quite valuable was the open forum that took place on the day of registration. Plenty to take in and lots to learn from the experts.
Between sessions there was always time to network, and party just a little on the eve of Social Media Camp, and the Friday evening 4th Annual Media Awards.
This year for the first time there was a Youth Camp. In 2013 Social Media Camp introduced a charitable partner – TURNITUP.ca, please check them out and you can donate $5 by texting NOISE to 45678 to help prevent youth suicide. Donations support youthspace.ca
Kudos to Paul Holmes and Chris Burdge, Co-Founders and Executive Producers of Social Media Camp, great job guys!
For more information check out Social Media Camp website. You’ll also find speakers interviews and podcasts.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all the volunteers and organizers like Lewis and Sears Marketing & Event Management Inc. who worked so tirelessly to bring about another successful Social Media Camp.