Social Media for Government Conference (Ottawa)

 

I’ve just arrived in Ottawa to spend a couple of days at the Social Media for Government conference.  I will be speaking at this conference on Wednesday afternoon.  I spoke at a similar ALI conference earlier this year and blogged about that experience

While it’s too early in the day to comment on the conference you can follow along on twitter, the posts are being tagged with #ALI.

If you are attending the conference and want to connect you can find me at the following:

Finding my photos on the web

I’m pretty open about people using the photos I post to flickr as I have them under a Creative Commons license.  I always enjoy seeing where they land. 

Paul Tracy

The most recent one is a Paul Tracy photo that I took  with my Nikon D200 in Toronto on July 6, 2007.  The photo is included in a post about Paul Tracy making his return at the Edmonton Indy this weekend – The 'Thrill From West Hill' Is Back! | Element of Speed

Here is the original photo and link back to the set on Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/sets/72157600689404182/

 

What’s eating up my disk?

I’ve just finished catching up on my RSS reader and came across the following post from Sarah on the Channel 10 site.

WPF Disk Space Finder | Sarah In Tampa | Channel 10

In summary this application gives you a quick and easy way to see what is using the disk space on your machine.  What makes this even better is the fact that it is a WPF app and is deployed using ClickOnce deployment.

Direct link to Disk Space Finder: http://www.diskspacefinder.com

Sears National Kids Cancer Ride

One of the things I love about working for Microsoft (and I think I have mentioned before) is the fact that I get to take days off to volunteer my time in the community.  Today was one of those days.

Today I spent the day volunteering with the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride (SNKCR) during their stop in Toronto.  It's a ride from coast to coast to raise money to help children live with and beyond cancer.  My portion of the day was spent at Trinity Square as well as Sick Kids Hospital for various parts of the event.

Not only did I have the chance to photograph all the cyclists that have been riding from Vancouver, but also the local riders who are riding on this stage of the route.

At Sick Kids there were speeches from Dr. Blanchette from Sick Kids as well as the President of Sears Canada.  While down at Trinity Square there were speeches from Toronto Mayor David Miller as well as the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David Onley.  I have met David Onley a couple of times in the past during his time at CP24, so it was a pleasure to say hello to him again today.

I'll be posting all my photos to flickr over the next few days, so keep checking the following address: http://flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/sets/72157605602589479/

A day at a social media conference

I spent most of my day today at the Advanced Learning Institute's Social Media Summit Canada where I was both a case study speaker, and had the opportunity to listen to some great presentations and meet some great people.

While the summit is a 4 day affair (full agenda), I was the lead off speaker for the first of the two main summit days.  Being the first speaker in the morning usually means people wandering in late, and still getting their first cup of coffee into them.  The group this morning were ready to go right at the start and had some great questions for both my session and the sessions that followed.

Right after my session the organizers did a quick speed networking session, which basically meant going around the room and having the 50+ attendees identify who they were, what they did, and what they hoped to get out the conference.  This not only helped to set the tone and the conversation for the rest of the day, but also helped identify people you may want to connect with.

As I mentioned, part of the value of these events is in the people that you meet and get to chat to.  There were a couple that I found particularly interesting today:

Carmine Porco, GM & VP at Prescient Digital Media was the chair for the day and kept everyone on track, as well as jumping in a few times to help out speakers with technical issues.

Eli Singer, Director of Social Media with Segal Communications.  I've had the chance to chat with Eli at a couple of these types of conferences and he is definitely a resource to connect with if you have the chance.

The team from Region of Waterloo.  As I live within the region of Waterloo, I was particularly interested to hear that there was a group at the conference from my part of the Southern Ontario.  I had the chance to chat with them over lunch and I think they have some great ideas to take back to the office.  As a resident, I can't wait to see what they come up with.

Preston Lewis, Director of Talent & Partnerships at Bonfire Communications.  As Preston is based in San Francisco we had great conversation about one of my past employers and one of his current customers.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to stick around to hear how my colleague David Crow did on the panel that Eli was hosting.  I'll keep an eye out for a blog post on that.

Overall, a fun day, and a great learning opportunity for those people looking to get a better understanding of social media and how they can start to incorporate it into their plans.

Are you a tagging Hero?

 

One of the things that is keeping me busy right now is the upcoming Heroes Happen {Here} launch wave that kicks off in Toronto on February 27th at the Direct Energy Centre.

My team and I are heads down putting the finishing touches on both the Community Connection Events and the main Launch and Technical Readiness events.

However, as these events are for you, the audience, we wanted to provide a consistent way for you to participate and share your thoughts and experiences.  If you are planning on blogging about the events, if you are taking photos, or if you are uploading videos to YouTube or SoapBox, there is one standard tag that we are using to aggregate all this content: .  We will be launching a community site in the next few days that will aggregate anything we can find that is tagged with .  Additionally, our PR team has already launched their online digital newsroom for these events at http://launchwave.ca/ and they will also be on the lookout for content tagged with to include on their site.

Having said all of that, here are some of the places you can either contribute content or find out more about the events:

Flickr photo pool: http://flickr.com/groups/hhh_ca
Toronto Event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=8420923311
Digital Newsroom: http://launchwave.ca/

Team (member) blogs:
Community Connection Events – diamond in the rough
Heroes Happen Here, eh- What's going on up north for Launch 2008 Activities

edit: updated Heroes Happen {Here} URL to http://www.microsoft.ca/HeroesHappenHere

[Video] CP24 Popfly interviews posted

Over the last few months I have had the chance to visit the good folks at CP24 and appear on their Homepage show to talk about Microsoft Popfly.

For the first show I talked with host Ann Rohmer about Popfly and what you could do with it.

Barnaby Jeans on CP24 Homepage talking about Popfly
Barnaby Jeans on CP24 Homepage talking about Popfly

For the second interview I showed host Jee-Yun Lee how you can embed your Popfly creations into your Facebook profile.

Barnaby Jeans on CP24 Homepage (again) talking about Popfly and Facebook
Barnaby Jeans on CP24 Homepage (again) talking about Popfly and Facebook

Feel free to ping me if you have any questions, and don't forget to try this stuff out.  It really is easy to use.

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[cross post] Walking for a cure

2007 Weekend to End Breast Cancer - Toronto - Day One (95)One of the great perks of working at Microsoft Canada is the ability to take paid days off to volunteer in the community.  For the past four years I have been actively involved with the Weekend to End Breast Cancer (http://www.endcancer.ca) events all across Canada.  This year, due to family circumstances, I was not able to commit to the entire weekend, but instead spend Friday and Saturday photographing various aspects of the event.

This year's event had over 5,500 walkers and raised $17.3 million (CAD) in support of breast cancer research.  For those of you not familiar with this fund raising event, they are held across Canada and consist of a two day, 60 kilometer walk including camping overnight.

Microsoft has participated in this event in the past, both with a team walking the event in 2006 as well as donating copies of Streets & Trips to aid in the route planning.

The full photo set is posted on my flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/sets/72157601927998560

If you are a charity or non-profit organization and are looking for Microsoft Software Donations, take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/canada/ican/howtoapply.mspx

[Originally posted at: http://on10.net/Blogs/bjeans/walking-for-a-cure/]

Day 1 at the Toronto Grand Prix

[Originally posted to http://on10.net/Blogs/bjeans/day-1-at-the-toronto-grand-prix/]

Every year I spend a few days down by the lake to enjoy the Champ Car and support series races.  Every year they seem to tweak the name in some way – so this year it is the "Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto".  For the last couple of years I have had media credentials which means I have access to the media centre and a wifi connection so I can post this stuff real-time.  Unfortunately shooting video in the pits isn't an option unless you are one of the broadcast outlets (fair enough) so I'll resort to telling the story with photos, and besides, it's a great first outing for the Nikon gear that I'm trying out – I'll post on that later.

Given that I can't shoot video, one of the things I have been on the lookout for is the interesting use of technology and specifically what the teams are running on their laptops in the pits.  The good news is I have yet to see a machine that isn't running Windows.  While every machine I saw in the pits was running Windows XP, almost every PC I saw in the photo lounge was running Windows Vista – very cool.

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At the end of the first day – here is the provisional top 3

Position Car # Driver Team Lap Time Speed (KM/h)
1 1 Sebastien Bourdais McDonald's Racing Team – Newman Haas Lanigan Racking 58.783 172.972
2 7 Oriol Servia INDECK – Forsythe Championship Racing 58.801 172.919
3 9 Justin Wilson CDW – RSPORTS 59.099 172.047

 

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If you are in Toronto and at the race send me an email if you want to connect, or if you have a questions you would like to see if I can get answered, let me know.

All of my photos are online at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/sets/72157600689404182/

[Cross Post] Microsoft Vista: What’s in it for Photographers?

[Cross posted to http://on10.net/Blogs/bjeans/windows-vista-whats-in-it-for-photographers/]

I just came across the following article on PopPhoto.com that talks about some of the features in Vista that are most relevant for Photographers. 

Without reprinting the entire article they outline 4 key areas:

  1. Windows Photo Gallery
  2. RAW support
  3. Media Center
  4. Forward-Looking Approach

If you are a photographer and wondering about Vista, I encourage you to read the article and let me know if you have any questions.  Additionally, you may want to take a look at the Microsoft PhotoBlog at http://blogs.msdn.com/pix/ and specifically their FAQ at http://blogs.msdn.com/pix/pages/FAQ.aspx which address some of the common questions.