Bitnorth08


You were expecting pictures of people twitter’ing and stuff, eh?

Interestingly, the only real use the computers saw was as songbooks for use around the campfire.. You can put the geeks in the woods, but they’ll bring their MacBookPros and guitars…

So, about bitnorth..

I didn’t really know what to expect from bitnorth – I liked the concept, I really liked the fact that I was going to an event outside my fishbowl. I was SO blown away by the people I met there. A varied bunch, from audio producers to business owners to big thinkers, all coming together to talk and expand.

The really interesting part of this for me was that even though most of us were from a tech background, most of the talk didn’t center around technology for technology’s sake. Many of the conversations were about real life “people” issues, things that can’t be solved by following someone on Twitter.

If I were to summarize, I’d say many of the conversations ended up being about technology as an enabler to assist the human experience. A great example of this is we’ve set up a Kiva team, to assist people with microlending.

We were off the grid. Yep, No net access, no twitter, no blogging, nothing. And you know what? IT MADE THE CONFERENCE. I find that often to think about the role that technology can play, you need to stop using it for second and think about it. Being offline made us think and talk to each other. I’d have hard time being convinced that more connectivity would have been a better thing.

Saturday night was a great experience, where we played and partied until the wee hours, building the foundation for friendships as well as personal networks. It was a pleasure to hang around with this varied group of people.

Would I go again? in  a heartbeat!

I even got some podcasting done, I interviewed audio producer John Garrett for a segment on this week’s Canadian Podcast Buffet.

Congrats to Alistair Croll and friends for putting on a great bitnorth08, and I hope to see you all at bitnorth09.

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  1. I totally agree with you about the need to step away from the technology as a way of enabling conversations at events like this. I often wondered if those who were chatting on the back channel about my PAB2008 presentation would have asked me that question about Quebec and social media if you hadn’t done it for them. PAB2007 was even more striking, in that way, I think. And you definitely sensed the disconnect.

    If I had had my way, Podcamp Montreal would be wifi free. I love the idea of being off the grid.

    Yup. I totally knew I’d regret not being able to make Bitnorth.

  2. James Duncan says:

    Great writeup of a great event Bob – it was truly a fantastic weekend. I love disconnected events like bitnorth – it’s great to be able to sit down, chill out, and simply have a conversation about things that I’m normally reading about.

    I definitely came away from bitnorth inspired to get more done where more spans an incredibly wide range of topics.

    Anyway, like I said, great writeup, and great meeting you @ bitnorth!

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