In 2005, the organizers of Canada's first
weblogging social media conference put on an event that was inexpensive, informal, and accessible to techies and newbies alike. From those humble beginnings Northern Voice has been transformed into... well, actually it's still cheap, friendly and open to all. We still emphasize the personal nature of the conference, encouraging people to find their voice and share their experiences online.
Without question, the event has grown since 2005 due to the overwhelming community response. It's added a second day. We've moved to bigger spaces so more people can attend. But the core values remain the same -- we have held the line on costs, we try to make the event family-friendly, and we do the main event on Saturday so non-professionals can attend.
And although it is a
weblog social media conference, the range of topics may involve anything that webbie people are interested in... that is, just about anything. Previous years have had plenty of geekery mixed with panels on how blogging interacts with family life, education, travel, photography, community building and establishing professional profiles. Speakers range from the big names to first-time presenters with a passion to share.
And The Moose also throws a pretty kicking party.
It says a lot about how much fun we've had that so many of the organizers keep coming back for more. Some of the organizers behind the 2011 Northern Voice are pictured above: Allyson McGrane (not in the photo), Brian Lamb (also not in the photo), Conner Galway, Duncan McHugh, Jenn Lowther, Jonathan Narvey, Kris Krug (another one not in the photo), Lauren Wood, Shane Birley, and Travis Smith. Northern Voice is a non-profit society, registered in British Columbia.
It has been the community that has made Northern Voice worth attending in the past, and we invite you to help make this year's version the best event yet.