Monday May 28 marks the beginning of Toronto Tech Week, a five day event that positions itself as a week-long showcase and celebration of the Toronto ICT sector’s success and innovation. Big thanks to Dave Forde (among many, many others) for organizing. A number of amazing events are happening, including mesh, the Canadian New Media Awards, a conference on Canadian Municipal Wireless and many other opportunities to learn and network. Get out there and participate!
Unfortunately for my participation, the Beal Institute is holding an internal charrette* that week, which limits what I’ll be able to do. I’ll be missing most of the events (oh malheur!), but will be a part of EnterpriseCamp. Organized by Thomas Purves, my favourite Toronto-based social media/enterprise consultant, the day-long event will be held at the Metro Convention Centre and feature opening keynotes with Anthony Williams (co-author of Wikinomics) and John Bruce (CEO of iUpload), as well as a day of participant-driven workshops in true camp form. Registration is still open (go register! go now!) and workshop proposals are still being accepted! It’s shaping up to be a great session, with smart and relevant content, affordable registration and community focus. A really fantastic opportunity to meet and discuss ideas around implementing 2.0 technologies and practices in organization and enterprise.
* Beal charrettes are like an otherworldly holiday from normal work for us. A week-long intensive workshop around a particular theme/technology/behaviour/brief, they consist of competing teams who pour their hearts and minds into concept generation, insight and foresight plans, strategic IP development, actionable disclosures and whatever else emerges over the course of 6-9 days. They are a really fantastic opportunity to work intensely with people as a means to build strong relationships, play off each others’ talents, reveal and create new forms of tacit and explicit knowledge, delve both deep and broad into a particular area, develop radical ideas for strategies and frame them for implementation, etc, etc. woohoo – here we go!