CloudCamp Vancouver Round-up!
by Diane Mueller

Diane Mueller, November 16, 2011
CloudCamp Vancouver

I was very honored to be invited to present a lighting talk at this week's CloudCamp Vancouver. CloudCamp's unconference phenomena landed in Vancouver this week at the Vancouver Convention Centre as part of the Microsoft's Tech Days Roadshow who sponsored the room and the coffee.

Attendees came in all shapes and sizes, from large telcos (Telus) to mobile web app developers (Dynamic Leap) and a number of Government agencies including my hometown's District of Sechelt's IT manager !

Patrick Pushor of Cloud Chronicle and Jenny Yang of Metafor Software hosted the event and tutored us local cloud affectionados in the ways of unconferences and unpanels. If you haven't been to a Cloud Camp before it can sound a bit unstructured at first, no pre-planned tracks or sessions, just a few preliminary introductory words from the organizers, followed by 4-5 lighting talks (5 minutes long) on a range of topics meant to spur discussion and set the stage for for open discussions that follow setting the agenda as you go.

I was corralled into reprising my recent Cloud Expo 45 minute presentation on US Patriot Act & it's Implications for Cloud Computing as a 5 minute lighting talk - which made for some speedy slide transistions (I'm giving a webinar on the topic on 12/01/11 in which I will go into more detail and promise to talk slower).

The other lighting talks ranged from an overview of the Microsoft Azure Cloud by Jamie Wakeam, Microsoft Canada, Lynn Sutherland on Canarie a very Canadian cloud network, an intriguing Cloud-based de-Centralized Storage by Margaret Dawson of Symform and a thoughtful presentation by Simon Le Pine on taking a more holistic, all-encompassing approach to risk management in the cloud.

It was a very good turnout for a Monday night, and the break out discussions left me wanting more time, and looking forward to the next CloudCamp Vancouver event!

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Diane Mueller is a Cloud Evangelist at ActiveState. She has been designing & implementing financial applications at Fortune 500 corporations for over 20 years. Diane has been actively involved in development efforts of XBRL Open Standard ( since 1999.