Embracing My Inner Moose - Northern Voice 2007
Northern Voice is one of the few local technology conferences not focused on technology. It's less about the technical fiddly bits of the technology and more about the social stuff enabled by the technology. Anyone that knows me knows I love the technology fiddly bits, but fiddly bits are pretty sterile unless they're doing something. Northern Voice is about the doing something part!
More importantly, Northern Voice has a great energy. Not only have there been good presentations but the majority of the people attending are passionate about what they're doing, creating a nice, positive vibe. And the diversity of people makes for a terrific melting pot. I loved seeing all of the different purposes, methods, ideologies and techniques. My idea hamster got a dose of adrenaline.
I've liked Northern Voice so much I decided to volunteer. I expected to do some general dogsbody type work but found myself somewhat more involved: Dale McGladdery joins the Northern Voice team as webmaster. And I'm having fun.
If you're at all interested in writing online, communities, web communication, photography on the web, or podcasting check out Northern Voice. At $50 for 2 days or $30 for a single day, Northern Voice is one the best conference deals you'll find. Now that I'm an "insider" and gotten a peek at the presentation submissions I think this is going to be another excellent conference.