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PodCamp Boston, PodCamp NH and PodCamp Philly Come Together For PodCamp East 2012

We decided to take a year and do an experiment to answer the question: what would happen if three of the thriving PodCamps came together as one for 2012? The answer: PodCamp EAST 2012.

About PodCamp East:

“Once upon a time, there was a little event that two guys started in Boston. Named after BarCamp, they called it PodCamp and expected 50 people to show up. Instead 300 people came and started a movement. Today, PodCamps have occurred on every continent except Antarctica and have helped thousands of people around the world learn, share, and grow their new media skills.

This year, the organizers of PodCamps Boston, NH, and Philly are trying something new: PodCamp East. We recognize that times call for a little more thrifty approach to attending conferences, so rather than litter the East Coast with lots of events, we’re bringing together 3 PodCamps into one.

Come join us on September 28, 2012 and learn, share, and grow your new media skills at PodCamp East!”

Will There Ever Be Another PodCamp NH?

YES, PodCamp NH is not dead. PodCamp East is an experiment this year to see what happens when you consolidate great minds into one event around a central theme at a location everyone can drive, fly, bus, walk or take a train to instead of having scattered events.

Can we sponsor, speak, register to attend, volunteer or otherwise get involved with PodCamp East?

YES. There are links to all of the above at the PodCamp East site, and Leslie Poston, PodCamp NH founder, is already committed to speaking as well.

We’ll be posting PodCamp East news here as it develops – there is a lot of exciting news about it to tell you all. Stay tuned here and on the PodCamp East site.

Save The Date for PodCamp EAST

We’ll be able to talk more about the exciting experiment we’re trying with some of your favorite PodCamps soon, but for now….

Save The Date! PodCamp EAST is coming on Sept 29 & 30, 2012 – More exciting details coming soon, we promise!

PodCamp NH 2011 Wrap Up

Thank you all so, so much for coming to join us at PodCamp NH 2011! It was a wonderful day made all the more fabulous because you were there. We had 73 people sign up, and all but 15 showed – plus 3 extras who signed up at the door. It was the perfect turn out, making each class small enough to really dig in and meet your classmates and learn while creating an event that was full of amazing people to connect with.

I’d like to thank Erika Murphy and Jaime Sax of The Common Man in Ashland for handling our large group of 30 (plus two other groups that showed up at the same time, which meant the staff handled serving roughly 100 people who all came at once!) with grace and cheer. Thank you for the unexpected yet appreciated appetizers and for hosting us. The meatballs and the mac and cheese pizza were a hit.

I’d also like to thank Leia Brigham and the New Hampton School. The campus is lovely and inviting and makes PodCamp NH that much better just by inspiring us to learn. The WiFi held up under the strain, and the food got rave reviews. Having healthy, plentiful options for snacks and lunch for every person there, vegan and vegetarian included, was welcoming and kept us fueled up for the day.

I’ll be pulling links to your content here as I find it, in no particular order. Overall the tweets about PodCamp NH were fun and engaged with everyone learning and having a good time. We even played a (short) game of Quidditch and had a rousing Battledecks session. We had attendees from as far as Canada (Brian Rotsztein), Rhode Island (Bruce Garber) and Massachusetts (Tom and Reiko Beach, Chris Penn, Michelle Wolverton, Amanda Narcisi) as well as far flung parts of NH (Kevin Micalizzi and many, many more, some but not of whom show on this list). I left the day feeling energized, and I hope you all did also.

I’d love it if you chimed in on the comments here to remind people how to reach you, what you do, what you’re interested in and where to find you so we can help keep your connections going long past PodCamp NH.

Do you have photos of PodCamp NH? We have a Flickr Pool for PodCamp NH that you can add your photos to. Need an invite to add your pics, just ask!

Bruce K Garber made a “PodCamp NH in 137 seconds” video for us on his site at

Kirk Membry of Moss Creek Media grabbed a panoramic photo of the PodCamp NH 2011 kick off for us

Diane and Steve Brogan did a nice PCNH recap over on MomPopPow

PodCamp NH attendee (and team member) Sandra Rand talks about Bud Thorpe from SOPHA‘s session on Photography for your Phone

Miriam Wilcox from food blog Sometimes I Veg had lots of great things to say about the wonderful food options for PodCamp NH from New Hampton School.

Special thanks go to Magnitude Media for being the main sponsor this year, and to Awareness Inc for kicking in as well. We also had raffle giveaways sponsored by Diane Vautier (who made gorgeous bags and other items from last year’s shirts – amazing), head sets and speakers from Jabra US, two cards from Eye-Fi, gift certificates from the Tanger Outlets in Tilton, and salsa and chips out from local NH company Mitchell’s Fresh Salsa (if you missed the salsa and chips, you can friend them on Facebook to find out where to try it out). Also, many thanks to the team who helps pull this off each year.

Some of the Twitter Buzz about PodCamp NH: #pcnh had a most awesome day at podcamp nh. Thanks everyone!Sun Aug 14 02:21:09 via HTC Peep



Going to be at my 2:30 #PCNH session, How to Market Your Podcast? Get the “slides” in advance here: Aug 13 17:46:23 via Twitter for Mac



Best content on Facebook according to @AskTheBuilder: photos, ask a photo about it to get dialogue/comments going #pcnhSat Aug 13 19:06:17 via Echofon



@pcnh Thanks for a great day, here’s some robot photos! Aug 13 22:47:42 via web



Thank you for the wealth of ideas and inspiration, @leslie! It was helpful to witness the picking of your brain (& your killer shoes) #pcnhSat Aug 13 22:49:03 via TweetDeck



#PCNH @johnherman forcing us to think of what we’re DOING with SocMed – toppling government, personal growth, education, pop culture, moreSat Aug 13 15:27:19 via HootSuite



The food was unbelieveable. RT @leslie the fixed food of Podcamp NH link #pcnh Aug 14 12:56:26 via Twitterrific



You’re only as strong as your weakest link, sometimes that’s you. Pair up with the right people. @leslie #pcnhSat Aug 13 17:40:51 via TweetDeck



Thanks, @leslie @CMajor @ecc1977 @johnherman et al! Had a great time at #PCNH.Sat Aug 13 20:45:15 via Echofon



Survive by being the most responsive to change. @leslie #pcnhSat Aug 13 17:33:50 via TweetDeck



@ecc1977 @pcnh I want a Quidditch rematch next yearSat Aug 13 17:37:26 via CoTweet



Thank you 🙂 RT @leslie It’s unanimous, folks at #PCNH kind of wanted to adopt @chrisbrogan‘s folks @dianebrogan @stevebrogan 😉Sun Aug 14 12:51:06 via Twitterrific

Getting Ready For Your PodCamp NH Experience

We have posted the schedule, however: PodCamps are designed around a full day of collaboration, networking, learning and overall participation. We’d like you to arrive on time and stay the day and really dig in for the full experience rather than breeze in for your session then leave. You won’t regret it!

What you should know:

This Saturday, August 13, from 8:30 – 5:00, PodCamp NH will be at the New Hampton School at 70 Main St in New Hampton, NH (Exit 23 off of I-93) and the after-gathering will take place upstairs in the billiards room at The Common Man in Ashland (Exit 24).

Registration opens at 8:30 AM in the ARC building. I’ll be uploading a map by Friday with all of the buildings indicated, but we’ll have a helpful banner at each entrance to the ARC building to help you find it. Please come register first when you arrive so we’ll know when you get there. If you get lost, tweet @pcnh or @leslie and one of the team will help you right away.

We have the run of the school. We’ll be concentrating our classes in the ARC building and having lunch in the cafeteria (and don’t let the cafeteria fool you – this is far, far more gourmet than any high school I ever attended, I assure you), but there are fields, lakes and paths as well as libraries and other common areas for you to gather and make powerful things happen.

Every classroom has a projector and a white board or chalk board. Some have smart boards. We also have the Mac Lab. Whatever it is you need for your presentation, we have it (except a laptop – please bring your own). We have tested the school’s internet with events before, and it can sustain your Hangouts, chats, tweets, Facebooking, email and more.

The official hashtag of PodCamp NH is #PCNH. Please use it on all content you create around the event, from tweets on up to photos, videos and blog post tags. We recommend you start your slide deck, if you have one, off with your Twitter handle or other contact info so folks can talk about your session in real time.

PodCamps operate by the Law of Two Feet. The attendees drive the content, and are encouraged to stay in sessions they are getting value out of, leave sessions they aren’t getting what they need in and start their own session if nothing in that time block fits the bill.

We’re also having Quidditch, Battledecks and a live Jelly block. If you want to play, bring a broom!

This should be a fabulous day with around 70 attendees signed up right now. I and the team can’t wait to see you all there!


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!

Sessions (So Far) for PodCamp NH 2011

We’re getting some interesting sessions being proposed for PodCamp NH so far, as well as sponsors and attendees.  You can see the sessions on a live updating spreadsheet at the bottom of the sessions tab, but we thought it might be nice to break them out for you here as well. Perhaps it will inspire you to sign up to attend so you can propose you own session as well!

Christopher S. Penn to lead a session called How to market your podcast (PODCASTING: MARKETING)

You’ve got the mic, the voice, the MP3, the show. You’re proud of it and rightfully so, but… you’ve got two listeners. Despite the urgings of social media experts telling you “build it and they will listen”, it’s just not happening. How do you get people to tune in? How do you build up your audience? Join veteran podcaster and PodCamp co-founder Christopher Penn as he helps you find ears to listen to your podcast. (and other new media ventures)

Leslie Poston to lead a session on Maximizing Cutting Edge Spaces Online (including Google+)

Staying on top of the fluid online world can be a challenge. Maximizing the benefits of the newest layers of tech and social can feel impossible. Let me show you how to level up.

Christine Major to lead a session called BattleDecks

Improv comedy meets presentation skills and esoteric knowledge. In this session you, the contestant, present someone else’s slide deck, sight unseen, in the hope of winning the title of BattleDecks Champion! One of our most popular sessions. Sign ups are at the event, so sign up early with Christine.

Kim Grenon to lead a session called Join the Mom Blogger Revolution (WRITING, BLOGGING, COPY WRITING)

On average, Moms are responsible for 85% of their families’ purchasing decisions and brands are starting to notice.  Learn how to start a blog, write professional posts with a personal spin, build your social media network and catch notice of major brands who will pay you to promote their products.

Amanda Narcisi to lead a session called Dear Blog, When a blog is a story of life (WRITING, BLOGGING, COPY WRITING)

What happens when you tell your story for the world to hear in blog form. You don’t blog for business, and not for a company, but for yourself, to find others like you and inspire a following.

Amanda Narcisi to lead a session called Meet the Geeks (FILM, MOVIES, TELEVISION, WEB SERIES)

Meet geekx2 and watch a show taped at PodCamp NH. Q&A and a chance to get inspired on your own web show. With guests Jim and Chris as the hosts.

Bud Thorpe from SOPHA to lead a session called Quick and Easy Product Photography (PHOTOGRAPHY)

Many folks need to put product images on the web – from eBay sales to Craigslist, from blogs to emails.  In this session, I will show how folks can use a consumer level camera and a few items from around the home to get great results when shooting product images for the web.

Bud Thorpe from SOPHA to lead a session called Better Camera Phone Images (PHOTOGRAPHY)

It has been said that the best camera is the camera you have with you.  And while camera phones have their faults, nothing has proven as handy nor as ubiquitous.   But most folks will agree that the quality of the images produced can be lacking.  In this session we will describe how you can make the most of camera phone images!

Kirk Membry of Moss Creek Media to lead a session called iPad for Business (TECHNOLOGY)

Want to utilize your iPad for business? You will learn to master tools and techniques to extend your office into the mobile tablet realm.

Kirk Membry of Moss Creek Media to lead a session called Mobile Devices for Couples (TECHNOLOGY)

Ever want to share your house calendar with your wife? What about your grocery list with your boyfriend? Learn to keep your life and relationship in sync with mobile tools for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Sandra Rand of GK&Y to lead a session called Anatomy of a Successful Giveaway (SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING)

Giveaways are used by both bloggers & companies of all sizes, but how many of us have actually thought about the many moving pieces it takes to make a giveaway successful? Better yet, how many of us actually have the knowledge or resources to make sure our giveaway is LEGAL? Randomly choosing someone who retweeted you and shipping them some product or the schwag you received from a PR person could land you in hot water. In this session, I’ll detail the best practices for planning, marketing, conducting, and measuring a successful giveaway for any brand.

E. Christopher Clark, author and podcaster, to lead a session called Remedial Podcasting (PODCASTING)

E. Christopher Clark and Jonathan Martin of Generation Goat return to PodCamp NH for a live recording of their music focused podcast and a master class on how to do as they say and not as they do.

Casey Cheshire to lead a session called Digital Detective, What The Net Says About Your Competitors (TECHNOLOGY)

No need to break any laws here! The net is full of information about your competitors. Let’s take a look on LinkedIn, View Source, and other places to see what we can learn.

Casey Cheshire to lead a session called Digital Marketing Therapy (SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING)

Tried paid search and it didn’t work out?  Worked with a vendor who left you feeling used?  Share your challenges, be heard, and learn what you can do differently next time.

Leslie Poston of Magnitude Media and co-author of Twitter for Dummies to lead a session called Creating a DarWINian Business Model (BUSINESS)

Survival of the fittest. How to use emerging media and social tools to create an adaptable, malleable business – inside and out – that will survive and thrive in any economy


Matthew Ebel, musician, to lead a session called Introducing the Music Middle Class (MUSIC AND AUDIO)

Major labels, piracy, YouTube sensations, and free albums.  All of these are just smokescreens hiding the truth: A new population of middle-class working musicians has emerged, and they can teach you a few things about your own business as well.

Wendy Thomas to lead a session called 10 Things My Chickens Have Taught Me About Blogging- No, Seriously  (WRITING, BLOGGING, COPYWRITING)

Who knew when I got these chickens that they would be teaching me lessons about life, being a parent, and even about blogging. Things like: lay your egg in the nest box, an egg laid in the garden is a lovely thought but no one’s going to find or enjoy it and –  you’re here to lay an egg.  It’s all right to squawk about it but just get the job done. Join me as I share the top ten lessons our chickens have taught me about the art of blogging. “

Chris Clark to lead a session called LIVE QUIDDITCH

The folks at New Hampton School are giving us the run of their field to play a live action game of Quidditch. Sign up the day of the event during registration. See Chris to help plan the session.

Leah Carey to lead a session called Have a GREAT experience with the press

Many of us need to get press coverage in order to meet our business goals. In addition to being a website designer and blogger, Leah is a business columnist for a local newspaper and has seen the mistakes business owners make in dealing with the press. This session will include top tips that can transform your press coverage because journalists will WANT to make you look good when you get this stuff right! Please note: I can only be at PodCamp on August 14.

Matt Peters to lead a session called Winning at Facebook’s EdgeRank Game

EdgeRank and the algorithm’s effect on Facebook Pages has ushered in a new type of SEO. Let’s learn how to win at this new game.

We have two days of programming coming, and these are just the tip of the iceberg, folks.  See all of the categories and propose YOUR session now!

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.

PodCamp Sessions for 2011 Open for Submissions!

I am so excited by the scope of PodCamp sessions we are starting to get this year.  PodCamps are about learning and fun, and to see iPad for Business, Mobile Devices for Couples, Meet the Geeks, Better Camera Phone Images and How to Shoot Product Photographs appearing along with mommy blogging and more is encouraging.  We want a PodCamp that covers a variety of industries and topics, not just social media and marketing.

We want to reach people who might not normally attend with interesting sessions. We’d love to see not only business and marketing classes, but film, music, webisodes, podcasts, audio and video blogging, more photography, more mobile, some location sessions, writing sessions, maker/crafter sessions, and more.

We’ll also be having live Quidditch this year, as well as Battledecks. Can you unseat last year’s Battledecks champion?

So bring on your sessions – we’re limiting them to two proposals per person, and space and time permitting we plan to have them all on the schedule for you.  People who have a session will be required to also register for PodCamp once registration is open next month (even the planning team must register to keep everything fair). We plan to keep PodCamp NH 2011 low cost (under $10 for a weekend of learning, networking, collaborating and fun), and in order to do so, we need sponsors!

Propose your session here!

Be a sponsor here!

Welcome Tanger Outlets in Tilton, First PodCamp NH Sponsor!

We’ve been reaching out to sponsors for weeks for PodCamp NH 2011, August 13 and 14, and Tanger Outlets has stepped up to the plate with gift certificates for the first 200 attendees. Thank you!

What we really need now are sponsors for the venue deposit (New Hampton School is hosting us), the after party and some other big ticket items, like shirts and such, so that we can offer PodCamp for little to no cost to attendees.

We have sessions beginning to come in for photography, Quidditch, Battledecks, blogging, marketing, video, audio sessions, music and more (you can propose your session via the Sessions tab above).

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.


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.


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!