The organizers failed to mention that the keynote speaker, Howard Rheingold, (vaguely pictured above) would appear virtually.
You may not have noticed but this past week was Vidweek 2010 in Vancouver.
Vidweek 2010 is short for Vancouver International Digital Week, and it’s an event put on by the Digital Media + Wireless Association of BC (also known as DigiBC), which includes Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive, Rainmaker Entertainment, Nokia Vancouver and Sierra Wireless as members.
Vidweek is actually an amalgam of several smaller events, including CONVERGENCE, the Pacific Northwest Wireless Summit, WIP Jam, Vancouver Enterprise Forum, Digital Kung Fu (“a crash course in digital martial arts!” according to the programme), and PechaKucha, which is a chance for young designers to show off their work, with each designer given 20 seconds to show off 20 slides. The Vidweek website can be found at http://vidweek.com/.
As with all such conferences, there were panel discussions, keynote speeches, gallons of coffee, headache-inducing PowerPoint slides, mountains of breakfast pastries and lots of opportunities for networking. Here’s what I got out of the four-day conference: