Traditionally December would be a month of planning holiday celebrations! Not for the Victoria social media community. Janine Theobald came to Social Media Camp and Club, and was inspired to create the #twamper drive and tweetup held December 17th at Cabin 12 . Two families were assisted through these efforts.
Earlier in the month Alan Smith organized a Victoria event for Help Portrait, providing free portraits for Victoria families and individuals who might be otherwise unable to have a professional portrait. More than 30 photographers and volunteers provided 148 sessions. Help Portrait 2011 is December 3rd. Become part of the Help Portrait Victoria community here:
On the same day, Herb Lainchbury rallied over 30 geeks for International Open Data Hachathon Day locally. There are now plans to hold montly hackathons with the first scheduled for January 22nd. Contact Herb for more details. Anyone (not just geeks) interested in open data can attend.
Victoria’s inaugural Figgy Pudding Carolling Competition was also December 4th. It all started with a tweet, and soon @JanineAnnT @VIHippieChick @jagamer and @lacouvee were forming a group “The Tweets”. It was so much fun, there are now plans for a much larger “Twitter choir” next year.
TEDxJuandeFuca has plans for another TEDx event in April 2011.
The year ended in a flurry of tweetups #victoriatweetup (breakfast, WestShore, High Noon Hump Day, #U30 ladies, ladies, gents) and one final Social Media Club “Holiday Open Mic”. See Mike Vardy’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas: Social Media Remix”.
Words can never convey my huge debt of gratitude to everyone involved in making this a simply amazing year. 2010 will be remembered as the year social media came into its own in Victoria. Each and every one of you played a HUGE part.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten people and events that need to be remembered – it’s not intentional. Please let me know.
Happy New Year! Here’s to a fabulous 2011.
There is much to look forward to – Word Camp Victoria January 22nd, Frans Jonker and my wedding tweetup/meetup February 17th, IdeaWave February 26th & 27th, Twestival Victoria March 24th, TEDxJuandeFuca in April, Social Media Camp June 3rd and 4th, as well as regular Social Media Club Victoria meetings (3rd Monday of the month at the Victoria Event Centre) and many a #victoriatweetup.