Why I wanted to volunteer with PodCamp Toronto not just attend it.

At the end of 2010 I left Dubai to Toronto. The Dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing world was still a puz­zle and I was avoid­ing fig­ur­ing it out. To make it easy for me back then I told myself Ahhh it is just some kids play­ing on face­book want­ing to mon­e­tize it. It is social how on earth we would need it for our busi­ness. Then I told myself: Ok, I am going to Toronto soon. I will fig­ure all about it there. They should know bet­ter. To my sur­prise, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing was already huge here. Social media was already estab­lished and used for small busi­ness and orga­ni­za­tions. I wanted to be part of this new space. Actu­ally it is not new. It is just new to me.

I came to know about Pod­camp 2012 and hon­estly I was ner­vous to attend it. It seemed to me that this is a high tech, geeky event that I would not under­stand a thing. Luck­ily, two of my friends were pre­sent­ing there so I just kicked myself in the butt and went any­way. I attended cou­ple of very good ses­sions and the dis­cus­sions were very engag­ing. I started to think. Maybe dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing and new media is not that bad after all. I was impressed with the sim­plic­ity and effi­ciency of the event and the con­tent of the program.

Noth­ing like what I used to in Dubai where every event has to cost hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars and some­times mil­lions. I thought not every­thing has to be big, impres­sive and com­pli­cated. This is a sim­ple event orga­nized by young pro­fes­sion­als adding value to the dig­i­tal scene in the city of  Toronto. The con­cept itself was very moti­vat­ing to me. What could be bet­ter than adding value to other people’s expe­ri­ence? Cre­at­ing a space where mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions take place. Expe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als allo­cat­ing time to add value to other pro­fes­sion­als’ expe­ri­ences, pro­mote their work and net­work with their audi­ence directly. This is how I see it and this is why I wanted to be part of this amaz­ing energy. In addi­tion to that, I found my next job in a dig­i­tal agency because of the pos­si­bil­i­ties that opened to me after attend­ing Pod­Camp 2012. So part of my desire to vol­un­teer is a token of grat­i­tude to this amaz­ing event.

About May

May Tar­toussy is work­ing as a busi­ness devel­op­ment con­sul­tant with Stone Canoe – a dig­i­tal adver­tis­ing com­pany. Prior to her arrival to Canada in 2011, May served as Mar­ket­ing Assis­tant Man­ager in Dubai Hold­ing, the Dubai gov­ern­ment con­glom­er­ate that owns many high pro­file devel­op­ments and invest­ments in Dubai and around the world.

May immi­grated to Canada in Jan­u­ary 2011 and has already become an active mem­ber con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity in Toronto by vol­un­teer­ing in orga­ni­za­tions and groups such as TIFF (The Toronto Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val) and the Social Media Café Toronto.