Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be one of the presenters for this year’s iMedia 2013 conference held at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton.
It was our first time attending, and we weren’t sure what to expect, though we heard great things about the event last year.
Of course, it being held on a Sunday, my circadian rhythms made making the morning keynote all but impossible—say for the last 15 minutes of the presentation. But I wasn’t too groggy to begin my day.
Either way, the conference was well attended, and the fellow presenters were equally delightful and informative. The iMedia team assembled a few select panels on social media, public relations through social media and blogging, and from what I could see, this gave the audiences better access to direct their questions to specific people.
iMedia Gone Casual
In our panel on blogging, Edmonton blogger extraordinaire, Mack Male, did a fine job taking the helm and directing questions amongst the group. It was cool, actually, since at the start of the session, he proposed that we create a big circle to sit in, making it a far less formal affair—and setting up more of a writer’s circle—apt, we thought!
Each of the other panels had their own approach as well, so the experiences were as varied as the topics. It was a cool experience, lacking any airs of grandeur, and it focused more on the “user experience.”
Crystal Puim Remple was taking most of the pictures, and she was swell enough to not make me look too shabby in the shots. It’s always a relief to have the keen eye of a camera pro. I’ve placed a couple below, I look that good!
Seriously, though, we had an amazing time and connected with some of the sharpest blades in Edmonton’s social media box.
We hope to come back next year, preferably as presenters, but either way, it’s a conference well worth the price tag, in our opinion.
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See you there next year!