Posts By Amanda

The Countdown is on!

We have just 10 short days left until Podcamp NH and so I thought I would drop another surprise.

BUT first, I would like to remind everyone that Podcamp is just ONE day this year. That is 20ish sessions packed into one day. Quidditch and Jelly time and even Battledecks (a Podcamp NH tradition) all packed into one day. We have complete run of the school so there is still room for sign ups.

NOW for the surprise. Going to Podcamps and any type of conference you are given swag galore. There is always something, usually a t-shirts given to attendees. We thought we could be different. This year we have decided to give away tote bags. We thought it could show our green thumb and give our attendees something they would use on possibly a day to day basis. We will have other raffle items so you will have something to take home in the bags.

Come on up and join us!

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!

We have some great surprises for our attendees this year and the first one came yesterday. By popular demand, we have decided to make Podcamp this year ONE DAY. This means a day packed with learning, and evening gathering of like minds, Sunday to explore the area on your own, and the chance for a great weekend for everyone. Since this leaves many the opportunity to explore on Sunday, we thought we could let you know a few places in the area.

The school The New Hampton School itself is secluded. Not on a busy road, it has a campus that offers everything that a private school can. We have use of the cafeteria, where the meals are delicious and you have a wide selection of food to choose from during lunch and snack times. We also have access to the athletic field where we plan to play Quidditch.  There is also access to a library for impromtu one on one or small group sessions (“jellies”). The grounds of the school also have a beautiful pond to sit by and reflect or work. Since this is a PodCamp and the Law of Two feet applies, if you find that there is a time where you need to just sit and work, there are many places to do so.

To get an idea how far from Boston we are: last year PodCamp NH was in Portsmouth (1 hour north on I-95 to Exit 7). This year PodCamp NH is in New Hampton (1 hour and 15 minutes north on I-93 to Exit 23) – only a stone throw farther.

If you find that you have to travel Friday and Sunday there are plenty of places to eat and explore before the PodCamp begins and after it ends on Sunday. Remember to reserve your Saturday night for our after party, however, as it is an intimate chance to really meet each other. There will be more information about this as the event nears. The cute town of Ashland and it’s Main Street of Shops and Restaurants are a short drive from the School – one exit up to Exit 24. The Comfort Inn Hotel is at the same exit. The (original) Common Man, Bullwinkles Bar and Grill are two great Restaurants at this exit. We understand that there is always something going on in New Hampshire and this weekend is no different which is why places to stay may be few and far between.

If you are the outdoorsy type there are hiking trails and campgrounds, places to fish, tree top tours all within a few more exits. There is a Water park, Safari rides and even a train ride through the mountains. There are places to camp nearby complete with cabins, swimming pools, and even playgrounds for the family.

There is also our give away to all of our attendees: gift cards to the Tilton Outlets, so you can go shopping while in the area.

So join us for the entire weekend including a packed and exciting day of great learning and fun at Podcamp NH!

Seek, Share, Succeed

PodCamps were created as the unique unconference which allows all of the attendees to be session leaders.  This makes PodCamp NH the place to Seek, Share, and Succeed. With a wide variety of sessions from Blogging to Photography there is something for everyone to learn.

Seek. Whether you are searching for new projects, creative ideas, collaborators, smart new business practices or just a different avenue to take your business, you can learn it at PodCamp. Maybe you are looking for a new project or a motivation to start a project that has been on your mind. Maybe you would like to learn a new skill. Maybe you would just like to seek out new connections.

PodCamps have always been a sharing community. We share communication; we share our knowledge. Everyone contributes.

In the end after a weekend at PodCamp you will feel that you have succeeded at something. It could be the idea or a project that you wanted to create. Maybe it was a new skill you wanted to learn. It could be that you wanted to return home with no business cards left.

I found a great strength in the PodCamps I have attended. I learned a lot. I have been motivated to write blogs. I learned how to make a web show. I learned better Photography. I met hundreds of people. And that is just the beginning to why I attend podcamps.

But I want you to be motivated to learn something new, meet new people, and have a fun weekend.

I want, WE want you to Seek, Share, and Succeed.

Portsmouth: City by the Sea

As with any conference, or in our case, (UN)conference there is a new place to see around the venue. We are very excited that this year Podcamp NH is in Portsmouth.  Portsmouth is a great location, starting with the awesome views of the waterway.  Wait, scratch that, it is autumn and cold…So lets say leaves, let’s start with Fall Foliage.  Just kidding. Portsmouth is known for it’s waterways, but more then that it is known for shopping and food.

Food:

From coffee to swanky dinner, the seacoast is known for it’s eateries.  *I am going to interject here and tell you that there is an after party planned for Saturday Night. Details to come soon.* First we can start with the awesome Portsmouth Gas Light Co. Restaurant, with night life, dinner and great drinks.  If you enjoy Breweries then Portsmouth has it’s own.  The Portsmouth Brewery is a hand brewer that is open for lunch and dinner.  There are also tours of the brewery.  These are just two nearby resturants for lunch and dinner.  We will have a breakfast spread at the venue, but if you prefer to stop somwhere else there is Cafe Kilm and a Starbucks near-by.

Shopping:

Just a short drive from downtown Portsmouth is the Kittery outlets for shopping.  Check out the website for a complete list of stores.  Along The main streets of downtown there are small and interesting stores all along the way.

During the lunch periods and after conference time and even during your law of two feet we encourage you to explore Portsmouth.  And enjoy the weekend!

First Time Rules (there are none)…

Since many of you are first time attendees for Podcamp NH, I thought it would be a great opportunity to tell you what you can expect when you are attending or even presenting.

Anything Goes Sessions

There are many sessions that take place over the two-day span.  You can learn everything from making your first blog to brushing up on your public speaking.   This unconference touches on new media, where most of the attendees want to learn about podcasting, new media, blogging, video, and anything fun!  The skill level is beginner to advanced in the learing so anyone can contribute.  This is an unconference so no matter what session you pick you can move to a different one if you aren’t getting what you need from a session.  Bring your ideas and make sure you are open to trying new things, new technology, new communication, and a new way to meet people.  You will meet new people from every profession, different ages and different stages of their careers.  Some will be marketing professionals others maybe start-up business owners.  Basically this is a weekend of anything goes.  Bring a guitar, bring a movie you are filming, bring a business you are passionate about, bring new ideas, and bring a sense of fun. If you also get inspired to present a session there are available spaces to do your own session.

No Rules Presenting

If you are presenting, there are no rules.  There are suggestions, but really if you have a great way to portray your session, use it.  There are projectors and wifi; however we don’t recommend using the wifi for your presentation for it might prove unreliable with so many logged on in one spot.  Hand-outs are up to you, some attendees will have a computer, but not all.  If you have a slideshow, or a program to use during the session, make sure it is up booted and ready to show off.  Include Q&A time in your session and expect to talk about your topic more either after your session or anytime during the weekend.  Please include your contact information during the session, incase others have questions later.  Some sessions use Powerpoint, computer programs and others do not.  Again anything goes to get your session idea across.

In the end this is a weekend to expand your knowledge and ideas into a reality.  Have fun, learn new things and meet new people.  Happy Podcamping!

Check out our Photopool: http://www.flickr.com/groups/podcampnh2009/pool/