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While planning for the next Podcamp Pittsburgh is in the distant future, there is another social media conference I’m planning to attend and I wouldn’t mind if an entire Pittsburgh contingent went with me. On February 22-23, 2008, The University of British Columbia will host Northern Voice 2008.

"In 2005, the organizers of Canada’s first weblogging conference put on an event that was inexpensive, informal, and accessible to techies and newbies alike. From those humble beginnings Northern Voice has been transformed into… well, actually it’s still cheap, friendly and open to all. Without question, the event has grown due to the overwhelming community response. It’s added a second self-organizing day known as Moose Camp. We expect a few more attendees this year, in part because our space is larger. But the core values remain the same — we have held the line on costs, we try to make the event family-friendly by offering space for parents to establish cooperative child-minding, and we do the main event on Saturday so non-professionals can attend."

So you’re asking… Why Vancouver? Why Canada? I know you’ve talked to AT LEAST one Canadian about social media in your life. And, Vancouver is, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in the world. Flights from Pittsburgh are showing to be around $450 and a decent hotel room which sleeps four is about $100 per night. If you are interested in attending the Northern Voice and you live in Pittsburgh, drop me a line. [email protected]