Northern Voice

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Northern Voice
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active 10
Budget Non-Profit
Organized by Northern Voice Conference Society.

Northern Voice is an annual blogging, social software and online communities conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The conference is organized by members of the Vancouver blogging community, and efforts are made to keep the event accessible to as many people as possible. Keynote speakers at Northern Voice have included Anil Dash (then of Six Apart), Matt Mullenweg of WordPress, Nora Young of CBC Radio, Chris Messina (open source advocate), April Smith and Chris Wilson.

Northern Voice events:

  • Northern Voice 2005 - February 19, 2005
  • Northern Voice 2006 - February 11 and 12, 2006
  • Northern Voice 2007 - February 23 and 24, 2007
  • Northern Voice 2008 - February 22 and 23, 2008
  • Northern Voice 2009 - February 20 and 21, 2009
  • Northern Voice 2010 - May 7 and 8, 2010
  • Northern Voice 2011 - May 13 and 14, 2011
  • Northern Voice 2012 - June 15 and 16, 2012
  • Northern Voice 2013 - June 14 and 15, 2013

About Northern Voice[edit]

In 2005, the organizers of Canada's first weblogging conference put on an event that was inexpensive, informal, and accessible to techies and newbies alike. From those humble beginnings Northern Voice has been transformed into... well, actually it's still cheap, friendly and open to all.

Without question, the event has grown due to the overwhelming community response. It's added a second self-organizing day known as Moose Camp. We expect a few more attendees this year, in part because our space is larger. But the core values remain the same -- we have held the line on costs (fifty Canadian bucks get you the full two days), we try to make the event family-friendly by offering space for parents to establish cooperative child-minding, and we do the main event on Saturday so non-professionals can attend.

And although it is a weblog conference, the range of topics may involve anything that webloggers are interested in... that is, just about anything. Previous years have had plenty of geekery mixed with panels on how blogging interacts with family life, education, travel, photography, community building and establishing professional profiles. Speakers range from the big names at the top of the Technorati rankings to first-time presenters with a passion to share.


The idea for a Canadian blogging conference was first mentioned on Darren Barefoot's blog in March, 2004.[2][not in citation given]

Conference organizers include and have included Darren Barefoot, Kris Krug, Brian Lamb, Cyprien Lomas, Boris Mann, James Sherret, Travis Smith, Julie Szabo, Roland Tanglao, Lauren Wood, Dale McGladdery, Shane Birley, Allyson McGrane, and Jonathon Narvey.


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