Just a quick post, on the morning of the second day of mesh in Toronto, to say what an amazing day we had down at MaRS, with keynotes from Om Malik and Michael Geist — both of whom have been getting rave reviews for the ideas they generated, at least from the people I talked to — and then panels involving the politics and media streams, including the ones I was involved in on the future of newspapers and whether bloggers are journalists.
We got a great discussion going in the latter panel with Om Malik and Michael Tippett from NowPublic.com, as well as my friend Scott Karp from Publishing 2.0 — and I’d like to thank all of them again for coming. The mark of a great panel for me is when I find myself wishing it could have gone on longer because we were getting such a great debate going, and I certainly felt that — and others who attended told me they did too.
There was plenty of discussion going on at the mesh breaks and the cocktail social after the day’s events too, which was really nice to see, and at The Drake there was much meshing going on as well. That’s a big part of what we were hoping to achieve with the conference — just getting people who are excited by and interested in Web 2.0 into a room so they could throw ideas around and talk about some of the things that are going on. Plenty of people made use of the “unconference room,” which was fantastic, and a couple of the workshops I saw were also packed.
Thanks again to Sheri and everyone at MCC for all the work they’ve done to keep us organized and make things really hum, and to all the volunteers as well. Mark has also done a shout-out on his blog — and thanks to everyone who asked all those great questions.
Now on to day two of mesh!