FAQ

  • If I'm a speaker, will Northern Voice pay my travel expenses/hotel costs/honorarium?
  • Are the sessions being recorded?
  • Can we podcast / blog / photograph this?
  • Can you recommend some good local hotels?
  • How do I become a sponsor at Northern Voice?
  • How much does attendance cost?
  • Is Northern Voice another geek conference?
  • Should I register in advance?
  • What is Moose Camp?
  • What will the conference's format be?
  • When and where is Northern Voice 2007 taking place?
  • Who is Northern Voice for?
  • Why is the conference so cheap?
  • Why isn't Northern Voice free?
  • Will there be exhibitors at Northern Voice?
  • Will there be WiFi at Northern Voice?
  • Is this FAQ a bit too long?
  • If I'm a speaker, will Northern Voice pay my travel expenses/hotel costs/honorarium?
  • Northern Voice is a community-based, non-profit event that can't cover speaker expenses or offer speakers an honorarium, but we will have coffee available whenever you need it.
  • Are the sessions being recorded?
  • Yes. Mack Male and the fine folks at Podcast Spot will be recording all the sessions for a podcasting at http://northernvoice.podcastspot.com/. Feel free, however. to organize your own recordings and videoblogs because there's always room for more!
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  • Can we podcast / blog / photograph this?
  • Of course! This is a blog conference! Expect everything to be blogged, podcasted and videoblogged! The only thing we ask is to check with parents before photographing or videoblogging their children.
  • Can you recommend some good local hotels?
  • We have a few listed in the Vancouver Info section. Feel free to edit the page and add your own suggestions.
  • How do I become a sponsor at Northern Voice?
  • We love sponsors! We welcome your participation. View our sponsorship page, or email us for adoration and more information.
  • How much does attendance cost?
  • If you register in advance (which we heartily encourage), it's a mere CAN $30 for either days, or CAN $50 for both days.
  • Is Northern Voice another geek conference?
  • No, only a small portion of our program is technical, with much of the focus on social and cultural aspects of blogging. Also, the attendance at most geek conferences is predominantly male. At Northern Voice 2006 and 2005 over 40% of attendees were women and 20% were new to blogging. Moose Camp 2006 had a larger technical element but there were plenty of sessions suitable for non technical people.
  • Should I register in advance?
  • Absolutely. We sold out in advance in 2006 and nearly sold out in advance in 2005 so advance registration is recommended!
  • What is Moose Camp?
  • It’s up to you. Moose Camp is, to use the cliché, for the people, by the people. We’ve booked some rooms at the UBC main campus, you register for Friday and anyone participating in Moose Camp can post to our wiki to collaborate with other attendees. You can give a presentation, lead a discussion, or just attend. The agenda, and ultimately the success, of Friday’s event is up to you (no pressure, though).Mommy blogging, running a great group blog, bickering over microformats--whatever you want goes. Unlike Foo and Bar Camp, there’s no actual camping at Moose Camp. If you’re looking for a sleepover, we suggest you self-organize that too.
  • What will the conference's format be?
  • Like 2006, Friday will be an informal unconference style MooseCamp. Saturday will be split between presentations and panel discussions. The presentations will be traditional seminars, with one or more speakers speaking on a particular aspect of weblogs and personal publishing. The discussion sessions will be open-mike 'teach-ins', where facilitators will lead a group conversation on a blogging-related topic.
  • When and where is Northern Voice 2007 taking place?
  • Northern Voice 2007 takes place February 23rd (Moose Camp) and 24th (the conference) 2007 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. It is being held at the UBC Forestry Sciences Centre (UBC Map, Google Map), and you can even see some pictures that Cyprien took of this beautiful space.
  • Who is Northern Voice for?
  • Bloggers (including text bloggers, videobloggers, podcasters, and photobloggers) people interested in becoming bloggers and those keen to learn more about personal publishing, social media, the read/write web and Web 2.0.
  • Why is the conference so cheap?
  • We're not out to make money, and we're community-minded. The feedback from 2005 and 2006 is that attendees got far more value out of Northern Voice than the price reflects.
  • Why isn't Northern Voice free?
  • It's a community-based and non-profit event, and, in an ideal world, the conference would be free. However, there are some basic costs that we need to cover. These include venue rental, audio/video, refreshments, printing of collaterol material, etc. We made a budget and set the price as low as we could while still covering our anticipated costs.
  • Will there be exhibitors at Northern Voice?
  • No. Although we are expanding in our third year to a bigger space at the UBC Main Campus, we're still trying to stay humble and keep things simple. Our sponsors, however, will be permitted to post advertising, hand out literature and informally demo their products and services.
  • Will there be WiFi at Northern Voice?
  • Is the Pope German :-) ? Yes! UBC has a very high quality campus wide WiFi network that you will be able to use for no charge during the conference.
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  • Is this FAQ a bit too long?
  • Yep, but we have a lot of information. If you still don't see what you'e looking for, email us