Six years ago I was approached by a casual acquaintance named Chris Burdge, asking if Victoria was ready for a big social media event (something on par with what we had seen for SEO, WordPress and a few other technology-specific conferences up to that point in history).
I honestly wasn’t sure, but figured … heck, why not give it a shot!?
Up to that point, Social Media was the new thing, and it was pretty cool and nerdy. A few of us had started a local chapter of Social Media Club in Victoria a couple years earlier, made Victoria the first city in the world to formally declare Social Media Day, and I had organized a handful of WordCamp events prior as well – which attracted a few hundred people each time we held them.
Fast forward to our 6th year, and I’m still blown away by what Social Media Camp has become. Close to a thousand people from across Canada and the U.S. converge on Victoria each year to network, learn and share knowledge on what’s still a pretty cool and nerdy technology (and there’s always something new to it, too).
And the digital footprint of this event never ceases to amaze me. It’s measured in the hundreds of thousands; this year, maybe in the millions.
Check out the amazing video produced by One Net Marketing for this year’s event to see just how far we’ve come …
Thanks to everyone who helped put Victoria on the map as Canada’s leader, and a destination for people from across the continent. I grew up in Victoria – it’s my hometown. And I’m still super excited to invite people to my home each and every year!