Last year, my library and WIBW Studios put on Podcamp Topeka 2009, and it was a success … so guess what? We’re doing it again! Yep – Podcamp Topeka 2010 will be held on Saturday, November 6 at the library.
What’s a podcamp? Here’s our blurb about it: “PodCamp Topeka is Topeka’s annual low-cost “unconference” focused on social media, podcasting, audio and video production, and the web. Our goal? To learn about social media from social media experts, to network with fellow bloggers, podcasters & social media creators … and to have a blast!”
So – it’s a conference focused on social media, multimedia, and the emerging web. Not a library conference (though library staff can learn tons from it).
It’s an “unconference,” so instead of the traditional speaker/attendee model that most conferences have, instead it’s more of a facilitator/guided discussion model for the sessions. Each will be different, and highly interactive!
We have a great keynote speaker coming to town, too – Patrick O’Keefe. Here’s his bio – “Patrick’s the founder of the iFroggy Network, a network of websites covering various interests. He has been managing online communities since 2000 and is the author of Managing Online Forums, a practical guide to managing online social spaces. He has been responsible for the cultivation of communities like phpBBHacks.com, KarateForums.com and PhotoshopForums.com. He blogs about online community at ManagingCommunities.com, his favorite record label at BadBoyBlog.com and more at patrickokeefe.com. On Twitter, he’s @iFroggy.”
Who do we hope to attract to Podcamp Topeka? Well, YOU, for starters. If you read my blog, you’ll probably be interested in it. We ALSO hope to attract local business owners, social media users, multimedia creators, podcasters of all varieties, etc. From our regional Kansas/Missouri/Nebraska area. But yes – YOU are welcome to attend, too!
Can you tell I’m excited about it?