I Survived FITC Toronto 2012

I attended my first FITC Toronto conference and made it out ALIVE! Three action-packed days of education and inspiration. I gained some new twitter followers, and even managed to fit in some hang-time with friends! Here’s a brief chronological run-down of the fun that was had!

SUNDAY

  • Registered for FITC
  • Checked into the hostel (private room! I’m moving up in the world)
  • Visited with Serah-Marie who fed me delicious food!
  • Checked out the new WORN office

MONDAY

  • Day 1 of FITC Toronto!
  • 10:00am: Tony Ke – Steve Jobs Called My Work Shit, and Welcome to the Post-PC Era
  • 11:45am: James White (Signalnoise)– Design Renegade "You gotta be out in the woods."
  • Picked up a sweet “The Scientist" print from Signalnoise
  • 1:50pm: Adobe Keynote Speech
  • 3:05pm: Andreas Muller – The Business of Making Digital Art
  • Dinner with Ted & Holly at an Ethiopian place! Ate with my hands and it was delicious
  • Drinks with Ted & Holly at a bar called Three Speed
  • FITC Opening Party at the Hoxton. Spoke to a bunch of strangers!

TUESDAY

  • Day 2 of FITC Toronto!
  • Decided to sleep in – serendipitous that the talk I was planning on going to first thing in the morning was cancelled. I didn’t miss ANYTHING by pressing that snooze button!
  • 11:45am: Riccardo Giraldi – Back To The Good Old Tangible World
  • 12:25pm: Chris Sanders – Why Are You Schmoozing Me? Proper Self-Branding and Networking
  • 12:45pm: Vincent Morriset – BLA BLA: Making a Film For Computers
  • 2:15pm: Aaron Draplin – Tall Tales From a Large Man
  • Shook Mr. Draplin’s hand (!) and got the coolest “Things We Love About Canada" poster
  • 3:30pm: Kyle McDonald – How To Give Everything Away
  • 4:45pm: Jared Ficklin – Object Oriented Electricity in a Social Setting
  • Met Creative Niche and was able to thank them in person for sending me to FITC Toronto!
  • FITC Awards show party at XS

WEDNESDAY

  • Coffee with Christopher Rouleau at Little Nicky’s! It was delightful!
  • Day 3 of FITC Toronto!
  • 10:50am: Jason Theodor – Create More, Better, Different. (Act. Connect. Deviate.)
  • 12:25pm: I grabbed a *free* noontime beer and checked out James White – Signalnoise Poster Breakdown
  • 1:00pm: Aaron Draplin – The DDC 20-Point Plan to Wreck Yer Life (more free noontime beer)
  • 2:15pm: Jason Theodor, Aaron Draplin, Riccardo Giraldi & Ivan Poupyrev – The Secrets of Creation
  • Ran back to my hostel to pick up my bags and cabbed it to the train station! Montreal-bound!

Yeah – it was a busy three days. My schedule didn’t even leave much room for sleeping, but holy cow was it FUN!

PS: I met a few people over the past couple of days who gave me a hug at our introduction. I guess this is the Toronto version of the Montreal double-cheek kiss? I love it!

PPS: Writing this blog post with free wifi on the VIA train! I feel so classy!

FITC swag!

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My FITC Toronto Schedule

Tuesday I found out that I won a conference pass to FITC in Toronto, courtesy of Creative Niche. (It was a contest on Twitter, and I re-tweeted like crazy!) I promptly bought train tickets to Toronto (half price!) and booked a few nights in my favourite hostel in downtown TO. (And spoke to my boss, who graciously let me take 3 days vacation on very short notice!)

Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity. FITC is for digital creators: designers, developers, digital artists and everyone in between! This will be my first big conference. I’m excited and not too sure exactly what to expect, but really looking forward to the adventure! These are the sessions I’m planning on attending:

MONDAY

10:00 - 11:30  Steve Jobs Called My Work Sh*t, and Welcome to the Post-PC Era

11:45 - 12:45  Design Renegade

1:50 - 2:50  The Adobe Keynote

3:05 - 4:05  The Business of Making Digital Art

4:20 - 5:20  Either From Free Software to Fine Art or UX Doesn’t Exist & Get Your Body Into It - The Kinect NUI

TUESDAY

10:00 - 10:40  The Thing Is Your Friend: Making the World Alive One Bit At a Time

10:50  11:30  Connecting the Dots

11:45 - 12:35  Back to the Good Old Tangible World

12:35 - 1:15  BLA BLA: Making a Film for Computer

2:15 - 3:15  Tall Tales From a Large Man

3:30 - 4:30  How To Give Everything Away

4:45 - 5:45  Object Oriented Electricity in a Social Setting

8:30 - Midnight FITC Awards Party!

WEDNESDAY

10:50 - 11:30  Create More, Better, Different

12:25 - 12:55  Signalnoise Poster Break-Down

1:00 - 1:30  The DDC 20-Point Plan to Wreck Yer Life

2:15 - 3:15  The Secrets of Creation

PHEW! It’s a full schedule, so I hope I’m able to get to all of them. Wish me luck!