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WordCamp Toronto Breakdown

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.