Toronto’s Allstream Centre will be playing host to the sixth installment of the mesh conference, mesh11, on May 25th and 26th. Mesh is a conference for people passionate about the web who want to explore its impact on “the media, marketing, business and society as a whole.”
The full conference schedule and topics of discussion are still TBD, but issues like social media and its effects on world affairs, what “influence” means today and how to motivate people online will be on the agenda. Organizers stress that speakers will be invited personally to give presentations. They say that “mesh isn’t your typical pitch-us-a-speaker type of event (sorry, PR folks).” Only speakers of sufficient quality will be invited.
Also at mesh11 will be the awarding of the second annual mesh prize. The prize is $40,000 awarded to one or more projects, companies or studies to help them complete their work in creating “projects that will create new understanding, capabilities or tools to benefit the digital media community.” Last year’s winner conducted a comprehensive study about the magnitude of Canada’s digital media industry.