So, WordCamp Toronto 2009 is officially over, and what ended up happening? If you’ve listened to my first day summary on WordPress Weekly, you might have thought that I disliked the event, but my critiques were really only for other organizers, not an overall “look” at the event, and I have to admit, the organizers quickly fixed many of the issues surrounding the conference. By Sunday, many of the issues I had first complained about were fixed.
All in all, it turned out to be a great event. I really enjoyed speaking, despite a few problems, I am happy to say that it was a very successful WordCamp. I can’t wait to see the next incarnation in Toronto, as Brendan did a great job in fixing anything that people critiqued. The only sticking point from the event was the lack of video recording, something I held to be a “must have” at every WordCamp, just didn’t happen.
So there isn’t any video or audio of my session, and not much of any other one, which is a shame because there were some great presentations, as well as some poor ones, and I think both are needed for people to see the vast variety of what a WordCamp can bring, as well as give insights on who to invite to speak (me, pick me!).
I am now even more excited about the upcoming WordCamp Chicago, despite not being a speaker (they have an all-star line-up), I think it will shape up to be the best in the history of the WordCamps held on the eastern side of North America.
If you are looking at making a WordCamp event, please listen to the recent WordPress Weekly podcast, where I harshly critique WordCamp Toronto, as there are some things that every organizer should think about.
I want to thank Brendan and PicApp for letting me speak at the event, as without both of them, I wouldn’t have been able to attend.
If you want to see photos from the event, check out the WordCamp Toronto Flickr Pool.