EventCamp East Coast is returning November 4-6, 2011 with a new city, new venue, extra day and a new hashtag while retaining the peer conference format that was widely admired by last year’s attendees. The site of this year’s EventCamp East Coast is the National Conference Center (@NCCMeet, www.conferencecenter.com) which is located in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC and only minutes away from Dulles International Airport. This year’s Twitter hashtag is #ECDC11.
Organizers Traci Browne (@TraciBrowne) and Adrian Segar (@ASegar), assisted by Andrea Sullivan (@BrainStrength) and I (@Greg Ruby), have added an additional day based on comments from the folks that attended the original EventCamp East Coast. In addition to the retaining the Conferences That Work peer-conference format developed by Segar, there will be a cross-country virtual connection with EventCamp Vancouver on Sunday as well.
Those that attended EventCamp East Coast left commenting on the powerful bonds they made that weekend:
“…one of the most innovative and eye-opening professional experiences I’ve had. Aside from coming back with lots of new tips and ideas, I easily established triple the number of new contacts, and formed stronger relationships with them, than at any other conference I’ve been to.”
“…an experience that was unparalleled and will definitely remain a highlight of my event education for years to come.”
“…I have never been to a conference where I felt like I got to know so many new people so well.”
EventCamp East Coast is what YOU make it to be. There are no predetermined topics and presenters. Participants share their learning goals during the opening roundtable session and later suggest topics and cast votes on what sessions they would like to see given. Sessions are facilitated by your fellow EventCampers and bring out the many years of experiences of fellow attendees. No PowerPoint presentations here! It is meaningful learning outcomes where you have helped to create the weekend’s programs.
There are two pricing options available to attend EventCamp East Coast – full and day passes. Full conference registration is $425 (until October 21) and includes two nights lodging and all meals from dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday. Day passes are $250 (until October 21) and includes dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Many local attendees of last year’s EventCamp East Coast regretted not staying over and missing out on the camaraderie with fellow Campers.