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Monday, September 15th, 2008

Running live events: What I learned from Bitnorth

in: Create

bitnorth-conferenceroom.jpgRednod co-sponsored Bitnorth last weekend. It was an informal TED-meets-Foocamp-meets-Unconference getaway North of Montreal, and it wound up being one of the most entertaining weekends of recent memory. Podcaster Bob Goyetche wrote about it and discussed it in a recent episode of Canadian Podcast Buffet (it’s around 4:00 into the podcast) and the feedback was generally very good.

I’ve been talking to several participants about what worked and why. I’m going to try and share those here, though it’s silly to try and capture the zeitgeist of an event that was as much about participants and venue as any kind of organization. It’s a long read, as much for others to see what worked as it is for me to remember what worked when it comes time to plan the next one (and yes, there will definitely be a next one. If you want in, mail me.)

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Monday, August 4th, 2008

One month to Bitnorth

in: Startups

BitnorthBitnorth’s fast approaching. We’re probably going to hit 30 attendees, which is just about the size we wanted, and there’s a wide variety of topics being planned.

The interesting part now will be to work with each of the Short Bit presenters and figure out how to cram something interesting into ten lean minutes. Many of the sessions are around the theme of “The Other 99 Percent,” and we have some panels around that too. So if you’re one of them (you know who you are) expect me to start stalking you this week.

Time to go order swag, now I know the attendee count. I suppose a T-Shirt is table stakes, but I’d love to find something more appealing/sustainable/durable.

If you haven’t signed up and paid for Bitnorth yet, this is your last week to do so.