ChangeCamp was held on January 24 2009 at the MaRS Discovery District on College Street in Toronto, Ontario. It was a first conference of its kind, addressing governance in the age of participation. Probably over 200 concerned citizens, government employees, and Canadian digerati where there, on a blustery Saturday morning.
Some thoughts on the event:
- I have never seen so many people with cameras and laptops of all sorts documenting the event.
- The un-conference organization allowed many voices to be heard and attract interest for everyone's agenda.
- It's great to see so many people concerned about governance in this day and age. I think Obama-fever is coming north here to Canada! And it's a virus we actually want to spread!
- Mark Kuznicki and his gang did a great job organizing the event.
- My turkey Tim Horton's sandwich was missing half a sandwich -- who stole the other half?
- The layout of the break out tables spread through out the lobby and didn't allow for equal distribution as people swarmed around the tables that had many folks, and those tables were near the entrance to the hall. Tables J through P didn't get nearly as much attention unfortunately. Better use of the main hall probably would be better way to organize the event rather than pushing people out into the hallways and eating spaces of MaRS.
- There could be a way to vet the session ideas before the event to allow for a smaller set of sessions with more concentration at each -- maybe a uservoice/Google Moderator approach?