A friend recommended that I check out Event Camp Vancouver 2011 (ECV11) held just this past weekend at the Vancouver Convention Center. I noticed that they were encouraging people to ‘attend’ as remote attendees for the sessions on Saturday and Sunday so I signed up (plus it was free!).
ECV11 used a live stream, courtesy of Sonic Foundry (@SonicFoundry), to connect the speakers, audience and remote attendees. There was also a group of event professionals from Montreal who attended virtually for the entire conference. Collectively, they were known as the Montreal pod. The virtual audience had a twitter host, Liz King from Liz King Events New York (@lizkingevents). Marc Smith of Amuse Events in Vancouver (@amuse_events) was our on-site virtual audience rep (or as he referred to it, social media concierge). Liz’s job was to encourage interaction between all the remote attendees while Marc facilitated the discussions between the live and virtual audiences. The sessions themselves had Glenn Thayer of Thayer Productions (@glennthayer) hosting and moderating.