BarCamp Vancouver Photowalk

During my first ever BarCamp experience I also attended my very first Photowalk experience.

A photowalk is basically a group of people getting together, with camera in hand, and just exploring the neighbourhood and taking photos.

I must admit I was very intimidated at first, especially joining the walk with such great photographers as John Beihler and Tyler Ingram, who I both admire. Over all the experience was fun and even though we only had a short hour to do our photowalk, the following are a few of my favourite shots. You can see more on my Flickr set – BarCamp Vancouver Photowalk

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I’m a BarCamp Virgin No More

This past weekend I attend my very first BarCamp in Vancouver at the wonderful Discovery Parks (formerly QLT Inc. building).

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I’ve always heard great things about BarCamp and they are always sold out very quickly. This year I jumped at the chance to be apart of it, mainly due to my tech friends who have attended in the past. I’m also glad I did quickly as an estimated 300 people were in attendance.IMG_1156

What is BarCamp you might be asking, BarCamp is a “un-conference” where attendees dictate the conference topics and workshops by preparing a short minute or two pitch and then they are placed in a time slot for the day. These can be from programming base languages to something more general as photography or help with a social study to having a round table discussion and help collaborate on an issue.

I myself attended a few sessions from the photo walk and “photo work flow” session later on in the day, as well as a great round table discussion presented by Raul based on his “The economics of free or why I won’t do things for free anymore” post of last week, and a discussion on Fresh Media (an event that will be happening October 24th and I will be participating as part of a panel).

Even though this happened on Saturday, I’m still digesting all the information I received. There are some very talented, smart and knowledgeable people in Vancouver. The organizers truly out did themselves and presented a very professional and enjoyable user generated conference. One of the very best I’ve attended in so long.

It was great to see some of my friends and get to meet some new ones along the way. I can’t wait for the next BarCamp!

You can view more photos on my Flickr Set – BarCamp Vanouver 2009.

September PR and Teckie Events In Vancouver

Now that summer seems to have gone past (if this weather is any indication), we begin to look forward to the Fall which brings us a few events throughout Vancouver for both the PR Professional and the Teckie Professional.  The following is just  a short list of some of the events coming up in September.

The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) of Vancouver has 2 events coming up.  The first is the Stretching Out Summer – Season Kick Off Social being held on September 9th at George Ultra Lounge in Yaletown at 5pm. I’m actually excited about attending this and checking out venue. This event is free of charge.

Secondly on September 25th at 7:30am CPRS has their Speaker Series Breakfast (sponsored by my employer, Marketwire and Cision).  This breakfast will have Cathy Allen speak about Public Relations in American Politics. The event will be held at the Metropolitan Hotel.

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Vancouver will be holding their Annual September Kick-Off: Fall into Autumn with Professional Communicators being held on September 23rd at Steamworks Brewing Company in Gastown beginning at 5:30pm.

I always enjoy the IABC Events, so I’m looking forward to attending this one and running into some familiar faces.

For the Teckies a few more events are happening this month.

Launch Party Vancouver 5 is coming September 18th and will be held at Unwine’d.  For all those not familiar with Launch Party,

Launch Party Vancouver is a lively mixer for the city’s brightest entrepreneurs, tech junkies, and bloggers, who are doing it, have done it or want to make their ideas happen here. The goal of the event is to connect BC’s growing community of Internet and new media leaders with investors and other trailblazers across Canada and abroad.

You can register for the event via Eventbrite.

Of course we can’t forget BarCamp which will held September 27-28 most likely being held on Granville Island.  Based on their Wikipedia site;

BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.

Currently the event is “sold out”, and you can register for their waiting list.  I’m currently on their waiting list, though I have been told I should be able to get into the event.  You can find out more on their wiki site. I’m excited about participating in the WordCamp and Photo sessions.

Of course there will be the usual Third Tuesday Vancouver and Vancouver Blogger Meetup scheduled in September as well.  This is looking like a busy month and I’m sure just the start of things for the remaining of the year.