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!”
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.
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.
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!
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 BruceKGarber.com
Diane and Steve Brogan did a nice PCNH recap over on MomPopPow
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:
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’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!
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!
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).