The third BarCamp Nashville took place this past Saturday, and I’m proud to say [meta]marketer was intimately involved in many aspects of making it happen. Both Matthew Freeman and I were on the planning crew; [meta]marketer was a “Worthy” sponsor of the event; and Freeman and I were both speakers (as were several other folks who work with us from time to time). Actually, I spoke several times Saturday: once on my own (details below), once later in the afternoon with Courtenay Rogers for a session called “Networking in Nashvegas” that packed the room, and just after that on a panel about analytics with Bayard Saunders and Michael Summar, two colleagues from the Nashville Technology Council‘s Analytics Committee.
I also helped organize a panel called “State of the Community: The ‘Venn Diagram’ of Nashville’s Tech Organizations” which thankfully David Ledgerwood agreed to moderate, and we got J. Tod Fetherling from the NTC, Joe Kustelski on behalf of the Entrepreneur Center, Elin Mulron from Digital Nashville, and Dave Delaney representing the various technology groups and events he’s founded and co-founded, including Geek Breakfast, BarCamp Nashville, and PodCamp Nashville. With only 25 minutes for that discussion, it was hard to tell if we really got anywhere useful with the discussion, but the feedback on Twitter was generally positive, constructive, and responsive:
By the way, the hashtags for the other sessions I mentioned are: #bcn09optimize for my “Evolution Not Revolution” session; #bcn09notking for Freeman’s “The (Content) King is Dead, Long Live the King” SEO session; #bcn09netnash for Courtenay’s and my Networking in Nashvegas session; and #bcn09analytics for Bayard, Michael and me on analytics.
I can’t emphasize enough how important I feel this event is to our community. Marcus Whitney and Dave Delaney get major credit in my book from having brought the format to Nashville in 2007, and it just gets better each year. I floated from room to room during several of the sessions this year as I did last year, and while the content last year was already good, this year’s content is proof that Nashville is the up-and-coming place to be for technology and innovation. We have got it going on, folks.
Several of those who weren’t able to attend my morning session on “Evolution Not Revolution: Why Optimizing Beats Redesigning” asked if there would be video posted, and knowing that we had video streaming to Ustream, I said yes. Unfortunately, the setup didn’t work properly and the video feed of my presentation has no audio. Luckily, Gavin Richardson was up front with his own video setup and got the whole thing. So thanks to Gavin, I’m happy to share with you the video from my presentation, and the slides are below.
Once again, let me just say how proud we are to have been associated with this high-quality event. And let me also offer thanks to all the rest of the crew, all the other sponsors, all the other speakers, and all the attendees who made this such a fantastic event.
Nashville is such an amazing place — there’s nowhere else I’d rather have launched this business.
photo credit: Josh Oakes