Proud of its 8th edition, webcom-Montréal, the international conference on
new technologies and Web 2.0, unveils the secret to its success

Distinguished guests, passionate speakers and enthusiastic participants

MONTREAL, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - On May 26, Montréal hosted the 8th edition of webcom-Montréal, the international conference on new technologies and Web 2.0. The participation of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as keynote speaker made this latest edition a resounding success.

A record event, over 900 participants networked at OACI, where it all took place, thanks to the involvement of several collaborators and partners from the business, Web, communications and multimedia fields.

With over 850 members on its Facebook page, more than 1,000 subscribers to the event's Twitter account, thousands of tweets on the topic (1st Trending Topic in Canada on Twitter on May 26, and unlocking of the Swarm badge on FourSquare, a first in Montréal), as well as impromptu interviews on webcom-LIVE, Internet users the world over watched the entire day unfold live. Press coverage in a dozen media outlets also helped ensure the success of webcom-Montréal, whose media relations were coordinated by Massy-Forget Public Relations (www.mfrp.com).

Among the renowned 50-odd speakers in attendance, Tara Hunt, marketing and online community expert and pioneer, and author of the book The Whuffie Factor, Clara Shih, author of The Facebook Era, and Chris Heuer, founder of the Social Media Club, also shared their considerable Web expertise with participants.

Guests of this 8th edition had their dance cards full, with 37 sessions and conferences, including six panel presentations and a dozen case studies, a webCamp attracting 2.0 fans, webcom Live (http://bit.ly/98JygI), where speakers participated in live interviews, as well as the very first Canadian edition of WebTweet Montréal.

Four main fields, namely Corporate 2.0, Marketing 2.0, Solutions 2.0, as well as a themed field focusing on Public Relations 2.0, enabled participants to learn more about new Web trends and practices, as well as look into several 2.0 case studies, all of which was divided into three major themes: real-time Web, online communities and Wiki collaboration.

Webcom organizers took the opportunity to award two important distinctions to people who stood out within Québec's new technology industry. In fact, this is the second time such distinctions were given, since both Michel Cartier and Michelle Blanc were so honoured last October. On May 26, Louise Guay and Sylvain Carle were honoured.

webcom-Montréal is already preparing its 9th edition, to be held on November 17, 2010, and promises to be just as dynamic and relevant. Among the potential themes proposed are mobility, geopositioning and augmented reality.

SOURCE WEBCOM MONTREAL

For further information: For further information: Marie-Claude Roy, Advisor, Massy-Forget Public Relations, (514) 842-2455, ext. 21, mcroy@mfrp.com

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