In the last few years I’ve been going to more conferences, both as a speaker and attendee, and seeing the ins and outs of what makes a great conference. Or at least what I thought made a great conference. Venue was important and more so the speakers. Speakers are what encourage us to pay to go to an event (at least me). However, in the last few years Toronto and many urban cities around the world has seen the rise of free events, unconferences or otherwise, and the dismantling of paid of events.
Three words: passion & knowledge.