Just over a week away is the third iteration of BarCamp in Ottawa. I attended the first and thoroughly enjoyed it but had to miss the second. Luckily, I should be able to make it this time and it should be a good event.
The last BarCamp I went to attracted a different crowd than what you might see at something like SXSW. It's got more of a business-casual feel to it with people seemingly having a much more varied background than the web dev background I come from.
Ultimately, it's a good thing because it's given me exposure to a much larger community within Ottawa.
Last time, Derek and I did a very impromptu and informal chat on blogging for business that was a lot of fun. It was a great discussion and a lot of good questions were asked.
What should be fun is watching Tobi Lutke of Shopify talk about developing web applications with Ruby. My exposure to Ruby and Rails has been very limited and I'd definitely be interested to learn more about it.
If you do make it there, be sure to say hi. I'll be bringing a bunch of buttons this time!