Well it’s Monday and the Open Video Conference (OVC) is already slowly fading into memory, so I wanted to put up a quick blog post to recap some of the things that really stood out for me.
1) The event itself was good – the physical layout of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) buildings combined with the lack of signs identifying the different rooms made getting to the session you wanted to see challenging, but everyone seemed to get by – all of the sessions I went to were well-attended, and some were even standing room only.
2) There was a great cross-section of online video professionals represented at OVC: Fred von Lohmann (Google), Chris Blizzard (Mozilla), Jamie King (VODO), Andrew Pile and crew (Vimeo), Shay David and crew (Kaltura), etc – so many great presenters and panelists it was hard to choose which session to attend. [the names mentioned were only a small number of the hundreds of people there, so please forgive me if I left your name off]
3) I loved the fact that there the topic of open video was approached from so many different perspectives – from the DCMA discussions with Google to Damian Kulash (lead singer of OK Go) to the Hitler meme.
4) The .tv party on Friday night was AMAZING, and a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came out, I’m pretty confident we set a new record for the number of videos filmed at a dance party! The event was held at 92Y Tribeca and featured a performance by Eclectic Method, who really brought a fun energy to the party that got the crowd dancing early, and kept them that way until the wee hours.
Well, there’s tons more I could write about (it’s hard to believe that it was just two days!) but in the interest of not wearing out my welcome I’ll stop here. Be sure to check out www.openvideo.tv for tons of videos from the conference and party – we’re still sifting through hundreds of videos so there will be more great footage to come in the next few days.