Today’s post is written by our Toronto Ambassador, Jamie. For the next few weeks, Jamie will be attending and reporting on some of the best and britest events Toronto has to offer. Check back in every week to hear her latest installment!
On Saturday, I joined hundreds of other women (and a few men!) at Blissdom Canada. The Blissdom conference is intended to bring together bloggers, social media specialists, brands, and agencies to network as well as celebrate the growing digital community. To encourage learning, connecting, creating, and improvement, Blissdom offers specialized learning sessions, parties, and discussions.
In it’s third year, Blissdom increased the number of tickets and moved the event to the Sheraton Hotel. They also changed the format; instead of large panel discussions, Blissdom organized more intimate, conversation-based microsessions where 8-12 people had the opportunity to have personal conversations about a topic led by the microsession expert.
There were three microsession time slots, with each one allotted 30 minutes. Considering there were 41 topics ranging from brands and PR, business, community, photo & design, tools, and writing, deciding which three sessions to attend was a difficult choice.
At lunchtime, I checked in with the Registration desk. By noon, 85% of the registered attendees on Eventbrite had checked in. Blissdom used Eventbrite to track attendance and help organize the ticketing process.
Through custom information collected during the registration process, Blissdom also calculated that almost half of the registered attendees were first-time attendees just like me!
The afternoon portion of Blissdom was all about the keynote speakers: Jian Ghomeshi and Amber MacArthur.
Attendees were excited for Jian Ghomeshi, and I knew they were going to be awed and inspired by Amber MacArthur. Ghomeshi was charming and down to earth, making jokes with the audience and reading excerpts from his recently released book titled 1982. Amber MacArthur, or “Amber Mac”, inspired the mostly female audience with stories of life, success, family, technology, and her work as an entrepreneur. She discussed how technology has grown and where she predicts it will go.
At the end of the day, Blissdom attendees left with lots of swag from Blissdom sponsors like Dove, Starbucks, and Chevrolet, some great new knowledge, and the motivation to keep improving themselves and their work in Canada’s digital community.
For another recap of the day’s events, check out Jamie’s Storify from Blissdom. Or, if you’re interested in the events Jamie is checking out, you can follow her on Twitter @JamieLeighTO or check out the #BriteTOR hashtag.