A number of us at Tucows had the opportunity to attend the third mesh conference here in Toronto over the past two days. Mesh is billed as “Canada’s Web Conference” and provides a place for those working in the Internet industry to gather and connect, share ideas, and be inspired by some of the people using the Internet in exciting and innovative ways.
We had the opportunity to listen to Ethan Kaplan, head of technology for Warner Records talk about the challenges and opportunities that the music industry is facing, and about how they are trying to develop strategies and put in place technologies to help maintain and grow their business.
We also had the chance to hear about a number of Canadian technology success stories. Lane Merrifield, Executive Vice President Walt Disney Internet Group, and Co-founder and General Manager of the kids virtual world “Club Penguin” provided some excellent insights into how they built a very successful online world by putting the needs of the audience first (in this case kids and parents), and maintaining a solid focus on the vision they had for their service despite the naysayers who told them it couldn’t be done.
In various breakout sessions, we had the chance to learn more about things like online video production from the likes of Amber MacArthur and gained an insight into the challenges that startups and entrepreneurs face through the stories of people like Pownce’s Leah Culver, Ryan Carson of Carsonified, and Julia Johnston of mEgo.
All in all, it was an educational and rewarding two days of interaction with our peers, and conversation with some of the Internet’s current and future leaders.
As you’d expect, the online coverage of mesh was extensive. One of the best places to get a good sense of what was talked about is at ScribbleLive which was launched at mesh conference. The co-founders put together running commentary and play-by-play throughout the various sessions and keynotes.