I'm in the process of moving my life from Toronto to Halifax - splitting my time between Toronto and Halifax for the foreseeable future. The nice thing about programming is it doesn't matter where I do most of my work. In fact, being in the Atlantic Time Zone means that I get an extra hour head start on the workday compared to Eastern Time.
I'm still figuring out Halifax, and trying to make connections in the business, social, and technology communities. I recently discovered <a href="http://thehubhalifax.ca/" target="new">The Hub Halifax</a>, a new co-working space right downtown on Barrington street. It's a nice walk from where I live (across the Common and over the Citadel) and makes a great environment not only for getting work done, but for meeting people.
This past Saturday the Hub hosted a barcamp-style conference called <a href="http://barcamp.org/MobileTechForSocialChangeHalifax" target="new">Mobile Tech For Social Change</a>. Dale Zak did a lot of the organizing, and wrote up a great <a href="http://www.dalezak.ca/2009/05/inspiring-conversations-of-change-at.html">blog post</a> covering it.
This is the first daylong conference I've been to where I didn't bring a laptop - instead I only brought my iPhone. The sessions were excellent, the discussions were engaging, and the schmoozing was great. I Twittered a lot (it's a mobile tech conference - I figured that it would be wrong if I <em>didn't</em>) and by the end of the day I had twenty new followers (and was following most of them myself).