Best do-it-yourself conference
BarCamp was created in response to Tim O'Reilly's ultra-exclusive FooCamp, and Toronto was quick to jump on the bandwagon. Billed as 'un-conferences,' these community-driven events for local tech geeks require participation from all attendees. BarCamp has several spinoffs, including the monthly DemoCamp where six presenters have 15 minutes to wow the crowd with their latest innovations.
Best geek personality
Her recent appointment as new media reporter at Citytv, extensive work with G4TechTV and Leo Laporte (podcaster of the year), as well as a lengthy tech reporting background, make Amber the unassuming and friendly face of tech news in Toronto and on the web. It's hard to find a Toronto tech event where MacArthur isn't busy taking notes or filming interviews.
Best WiFi spot
In July, not-for-profit group Wireless Toronto helped give the public a new reason to visit the square. Over the summer a steady flow of laptop users began occupying tables and other corners of the big granite slab. The free WiFi service is giving people something to do other than stare at the advertising or run through the fountains while they take their lunch break and soak up the summer sun.
Best personal blog
CRAZY BIKER CHICK
No one has told the tale of Toronto cyclists quite like the Crazy Biker Chick blog. Tanya's tales, adventures and rants about her preferred way to commute really hits home after a bad day of narrowly avoiding being run over by motorists on your way to work. She's even biked to Ikea with a cargo trailer, proving you definitely don't need a car to live in T.O.
With an endless stream of daily posts about everything going on in the city, this blog is hard to beat if you are looking to be inspired about things to see and do. Music, movies, art, food and politics are just some of the topics on the lengthy list of BlogTO writers' postings. Be sure to check out their weekly movie and music podcasts, as well as the BlogTO Flickr pool to see Toronto through the eyes of others.