What is PodCamp?
PodCamp is a free “unconference” focused on new media. I’m assuming your next question is what’s an “unconference”. Well, among the many hard to explain things in this world, this may not be the hardest, but it’s ranks up there in my book.
Here’s how podcamp.org explains it:
“The characteristics of all successful communities: broadly shared, accessible set of opportunities, a shared sense of responsibility for the success of the common enterprise, and a genuine sense of belonging.” - Former President Bill Clinton, TED2007
PodCamp is a FREE BarCamp-style community UnConference for podcasters and listeners, bloggers and readers, and anyone interested in New Media. It was held for the first time from September 8-10 in Boston, Massachusetts and is now spreading across the world.
You do NOT need to be a podcaster to attend a PodCamp. If you’re interested in podcasting or blogging, if if you’re a podsafe musician (or want to be), or just someone curious about podcasting and new media, then please join us — and bring a friend or colleague.PodCamp AZ is just starting to take shape and desperately needs your help. If you are interested in helping out in any way, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the PodCamp AZ page on podcamp.org and throw your name in the rung. We’d love to hear from you and get your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for how we, as a community, can make PodCamp AZ an amazing event.
There are 7 rules which govern what may or may not be called a PodCamp. If your planned event meets all 7, you can call it a PodCamp.
1. All attendees must be treated equally. Everyone is a rockstar.
2. All content created must be released under a Creative Commons license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ 3. All attendees must be allowed to participate. (subject to limitations of physical space, of course) 4. All sessions and events must be free of charge to attend. 5. All sessions must obey the Law of 2 Feet - if you’re not getting what you want out of the session, you can and should walk out and do something else. It’s not like you have to get your money’s worth! 6. The event must be new-media focused - blogging, podcasting, video on the net. 7. The financials of a PodCamp must be fully disclosed in an open ledger, except for any donor/sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Now, as far as PodCamp AZ is concerned, we’re just getting things started and really need everyone’s help. Please join the mailing list, the Google Group or the Wiki. You can shoot us an email, add us as your Twitter friend or even make a donation. The success of PodCamp solely depends on you! Together, we can all make PodCamp AZ a rockin’ success!