In all the hubbub about the D: All Things Digital conference, you may not be aware that the Mesh conference is taking place today and tomorrow in Toronto at the MaRS Centre, pictured below:
Mesh is Canada’s premier web conference and features some big names for its keynote speakers. This morning, Mathew Ingram had a “fireside chat” with Michael Arrington, and tomorrow Stuart McDonald will do the same with Richard Edelman.
It looks as though the conference has already had its share of interesting moments. During his keynote, when Arrington spotted Ted Murphy, CEO of PayPerPost, he pointed him out and called him “the most evil person in the room”. I’m certain that the stuffed shirts at D5 (the popular shorthand for the D: All Things Digital conference) are too WSJ-run-event genteel to get into discussions this colourful.
There were a very limited number of tickets to the Mesh conference, so many people — your truly included — missed out as they sold out rather quickly. For those of you who still want to get in on the networking action at Mesh, thereare a couple of options:
- There’s an unofficial unconference taking place in the open-to-the-general-public food court of the MaRS building. I may check it out tomorrow.
- There’s an open-to-anyone-interested dinner tonight taking place at the Boiler House in Toronto’s Distillery District. The fun starts at 7 and I plan to be there, probably with wife and accordion.