Since I went to Malaga, Spain for EMEC 2010 back in March, I've had an idea floating around in my head about virtual access to behind-the-scenes action of MPI events. That idea revolved around giving pros in the industry some kind of birds eye view of the really neat things that the industry press get to see and experience that not all attendees will always have access to. When we were in Malaga, we got to see some really exclusive venues (that you can't exactly traipse 2,000 people through) that I wish I had taken more video and photos and posted to our social media channels.
Then the lightbulb went off. We should for WEC! So we will. Well, not those of us here at Engage, we'll be busy giving you some of the operational behind the scenes insight. But the really cool thing is, just a few meters away from my office are some really talented reporters from One+ that will be official press on site. Go figure.
So the cool thing from my perspective is, whether you're onsite in Vancouver or around the world in Vienna, you can track the activity of the One+ reporters at their award-winning blog or via twitter and foursquare. If you really want the scoop, you should also follow @OnePlusEditor and @MPIOnePlus on twitter to track observations, insights and the latest updates.
The One+ team also has the scoop on interviewing many of the Flash Point Idea Assembly speakers. If you're following @MPIOnePlus on twitter, you can send them recommendations on what you'd ask say... Ed Begley, Jr. about sustainability, or Peter Bergen on global terror threats.
So you can get the scoop on Grouse Mountain, the Vancouver Aquarium, the ins and outs of the Vancouver Convention Center, the site inspection of four and five star hotels and all the witty insight of the writers and editors at One+ you've come to - dare I say - love.
Oh, and I highly recommend RSS feeding the PlusPoint blog. Don't know how to RSS? That's okay, because Microsoft can tell you how.
Since Kristen Kouk and I will also be accompanying the press on their FAM, you can also follow @MPITheresa and @kristenkouk for our observances of the press observing Vancouver.