The FITC conference is coming to Toronto again, and I feel a familiar nudge in my heart that has happened every time it has come back around to Toronto. A mixture of excitement, curiosity and wonder.
Let’s go back to my high school days, sitting in the cafeteria and someone announcing that their parents were leaving town and they were having a party in a couple of weeks. These were the questions that came up immediately.
- When is the party?
- Who’s going?
- Is the guy that I have a little crush on going? Ohmygod. He is? Awesome.
Oh man I so want to go…. I would sigh.
For the next two weeks at the mall, the party was
discussed, even with kids from neighbouring high schools. “Everyone’s
going to be there”, I was told. “EVERYONE”. Here was the problem, I had Chinese classes on Friday nights. My mom is an Asian mom. Don’t even think about asking… No party for me. None. 🙁
Almost every year I have checked out the FITC website, and then looked at my calendar and inevitably, there has been something in the way. This time it was not the intricacies of the Chinese language, nor my mom’s permission, it was just plain bad luck. I would be out of the country traveling, unemployed, a traveling consultant working in Tulsa on a deployment, or else in town but with 3 project launches that week and up late doing QA in the office.
This year is different though. I looked at my calendar. This year, I HAVE the time and I AM in Toronto. Nothing crazy happening. This year I don’t want to miss out because I’m being a good, responsible person (or out of the country).
Top 4 Reasons that I want to go to FITC
(because you don’t need 5 if you have 4 really good ones)
1. I am a dreamer. I love technology. I believe when creativity and technology come together anything is possible.
Sometimes it takes awhile but creativity and technology has a thread that can sometime be followed in history. Our creativity, our efforts, our dreams are built upon one another’s dreams, guts, ideas, and success. Here’s an example:
- Yuri Gagarin was the first man in outer space in 1961
- David Bowie wrote a song in 1969
- The International space station was started in 1998
- YouTube started in 2005
- Twitter started in 2006,
- Chris Hadfield went to the Space Station, recorded the song in zero gravity, uploaded it to YouTube from space, and tweeted it to 20,000 people who showed it to their friends.
When I checked today, 21,278,056 people around the world viewed it.
It is amazing that a man in space can become an instant rockstar. This is the culmination of 50 years of dreams, ideas, and designs coming to fruition, mixed with luck, hard work, and persistence. I like to see and hear stories of other people living their dreams and redefining the limits. I want to meet like minded people and see how the story unfolds. I like to connect the dots between the stories. I think FITC is a place where dots connect.
2. I’m a woman in Technology that has been around the block and I support other Women in Technology.
Around the block means that I’ve worked as developer, an information architect, a business analyst/systems analyst, a project manager, and a writer. I’ve worked for 15 years in digital. Creative knowledge is my specialty. I’m a dotcom relic that still gets excited enthusiastic about new things.
I’m also the woman that sets up the Ladies’ lunch at the last web agency that I worked at. And even though I don’t work there anymore, I still set it up. Why? Because women in technology do all sorts of awesome things and we should celebrate that. The more I meet, the better. We make cool things happen with tech using smarts, strength, thoughtfulness, practicality and firm gentleness.
3. Because I’m a creator too and I want to keep developing my own creativity as well.
I have this interdisciplinary toolset that comes from the experience that I have had in a bunch of different roles melded together with my natural talents. I want to learn from people who are creating things with their own combination of experience and talents. Being a creative person in tech, being someone who is artsy, techie, and emotive, I sometimes feel like a rubber ball rolling around in a crate of Rubik’s cubes. I think that FITC will be more like meeting other rubber balls of pretty colours, and we’ll bounce against other happily.
4. Last of all, why I want to go this year more than any other year? I’ll tell you why.
Hal Lasko, the Pixel Painter.
There will be other FITCs I know, but when could I ever meet or listen to Hal Lasko otherwise? At 98 years old, with macular degeneration, he has a passion, persistence, and patience that is a rarity in this world. He is one of a kind. He is living proof that it doesn’t matter how old you are, or what obstacles you face, when you bring technology, creativity, and passion together, you can create beautiful things.
So let’s go back to the beginning of this event to my feelings of wonder excitement.
- When is the party? April 27-29
- Who’s going? Over 70 presenters, and hopefully if I win, 1199 other people from around the world.
- Is the guy that I have a little crush on going? Hell Ya. Hal Lasko. He is so handsome to my techie, art loving geeky brain.
Oh man…I so wanna go…