In an effort to get a more “global” recap of the Northern Voice experience I have invited Jennie Roth of 37Roses to write up this guest post.
Coming back home to Pittsburgh I almost feel like a little kid giving a really excited and nearly hyperventilating speech about what I did at summer camp.
Iâ€™ve been a small part of the Pittsburgh social media scene for about a year now and Iâ€™ve made connections in Vancouver this past year time as well. I wanted to attend Northern Voice 2008 to get a feel for what the west coast has to say about social media and to gather new insights to take back to the Pittsburgh social media scene.
NV08 was held at a great venue and had great food, but more importantly, it provided an outlet for like-minded individuals and incredibly talented people to get together and talk on the same level, face to face. There was probably more than a million dollars worth of laptops and cameras floating around and I wasnâ€™t afraid to put my Macbook in a corner to charge because weâ€™re all very respectful of each other. There was however some Twitter banter during one session about how to distract John Biehler in order to obtain his Macbook Air which was pretty entertaining.
The sense of community evoked at NV08 was incredibly refreshing. I always felt like I could talk to anyone and I was able to meet several cool new people. The web of social media makes the world so tight. I met Phillip Jeffrey and told him I was from Pittsburgh and he asked if I knew iJustine, as he follows her on Twitter. iJustine is a pretty famous viral video creator / life caster from Pittsburgh and I didnâ€™t realize the global acclaim she carried. I also heard people throw around the name Chris Brogan, a Boston based social media mogul who presented at PodCamp Pittsburgh this past August.
I couldnâ€™t believe I was able to be in the same room as the creator of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, as he was having informal discussions with the crowd about open source and the future of social media. I was also astounded to be in the same room as some great photographic talent at PhotoCamp such as Kris Krug, Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, Duane Storey, and Matt Trentacoste to name a few. The passion these presenters have for their art forms, whether itâ€™s writing, photography, or web development is truly impressive and inspirational.
I wish I had been able to take some other social-medialites from Pittsburgh to NV08 with me not only to experience a great conference, but also to experience one of my favorite cities in the world.
With the experience of NV08 under my belt, I will be bringing some fresh ideas to the planning of PodCamp Pittsburgh 3, which will be held sometime in August 2008.
Many thanks to the organizers of the conference for a great incubator of thought provoking discussion and learning. Also, thanks to the sponsors for providing great shwag including a $400 MAC gift basket that I won at the opening party!
You can read more by Jennie Roth on her blog 37Roses