It was a great event with a huge turnout. A great success.
I did notice one thing which I think is clear to many of us the more
events we put on. Now I may be off base but there is some truth to
this. The more people at the event the less participation. People
asked questions last night but it definitely had the conference feel
more then the unconference feel. I felt that the energy in the crowd
was absent and I was wondering what other people think about this.
Now I want to be clear that I'm not trashing the event in anyway. It
was a huge success with monterous logistical and organizational
challenges and it is definitely a milestone in the TorCamp history. I
wouldn't be surprised if people are already asking when the next one
Maybe I'm just an event geek but I wonder how we can make the next one
feel more participatory.
Again huge congrats and thankyou to Colin, Roy & Andrew
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Personnally, I think that at places like No regrets.. there is the
unconference type of feeling, where the crowd is slight above the mid
mark of the 100 .Once it hits the 100 level, the warm and fuzzy
feeling goes away..
..is this only me or do other's feel the same way ??
PS. I did not attend FB yesterday..but I heard there was well over 400
I agree with Bryce, it had more of a conference feel, I liked it but it
could be even better with more participation from those in attendance.
I would have to say the best part of last night was the last guy (I'm
sorry the name escapes me) - he dished the goods that developers want to
hear (at least this developer)
It was great, Colin thanks for the heads up on it and thanks to all
those who made it happen
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How big was the turnout?
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We never expected it to be such a popular event and have 450 attendees
and major media attention.
The original concept for the event was going to be very intimate and
focus on sharing of information on how to create facebook
applications. We had originally thought about holding it in a large
boardroom for 30 people. This would allow for everyone to ask
questions and then actively work out issues and ideas.
We quickly had to re-arrange our logistics around the event when the
number of attendees hit 50. We chose to move it to No Regrets, as we
were all familiar with that venue and the type of event that we could
have. We were still hopeful of achieving our 'information sharing'
vision, except we would also have a beer. ;-)
But once the attendee list pushed over 200 and we had confirmation
that senior facebook employees would be presenting, we knew that we
needed a much larger venue and that the event would probably need to
be more 'conventional' than we had planned.
Overall, I don't regret how it turned out at all.
A couple of other points:
I think the people at MaRS did a fantastic job at accommodating us on
such a short notice. I sometimes hear some negative remarks about the
entire MaRS program (since you and I fund it), but on Tuesday they
delivered on their mission to foster emerging technology (and science)
In addition to Amber Mac (CityTV) and Nestor Arelano (ITbusiness.ca)
covering the event, CBC covered it on Tuesday morning when Jesse Hirsh
mentioned the event. Also, I was interviewed on live radio at 5:15pm
on Tuesday on Heard and Now. I spent 5 minutes talking about the
popularity of facebook, how Canadian's love facebook, and Toronto's
great tech community, TorCamp.
> I just wanted to say a big thanks to all of the attendees, volunteers,
> and presenters at the 1st FacebookCampToronto.
> We never expected it to be such a popular event and have 450 attendees
> and major media attention.
Indeed, there was even a write-up about it in this Saturday's Star.