Podcamp Topeka 2010 is in 30 Days!

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?

UGame – ULearn 2010 Symposium

I’m pretty psyched to be speaking at a number of cool places this year (if you’re really curious about my 2010 schedule, look at my presentations page – I try to keep that up-to-date with upcoming speaking gigs).

One conference I’m pretty psyched to be attending and speaking at is this year’s UGame – ULearn symposium. It will be held on April 1 in Delft, Netherlands.

OK – I admit. I’m geeked out about this one for a number of reasons here:

  1. It’s in the Netherlands! What’s not to like about that?
  2. I get to visit the DOK Library Concept Center, one of the coolest libraries ever
  3. I get to visit with some of my Dutch friends and colleagues who I usually only see online and at a couple of conferences
  4. Because this year’s UGame – ULearn symposium is all about the user experience.

Here’s more about the conference (from Jaap van de Geer):

“This year … UGame Ulearn … is all about the User Experience. Next to the use of gaming in educational programs and in libraries the theme of UGame Ulearn is always Innovation & Inspiration, with the focus on new services and products.

User Experience or UX has to do with the way customers or clients see your company, website and service. Is the experience satisfactory then they will come back, if not you may never see them again. The User Experience starts at home. Internet and the website play an important role, but also mouth to mouth and communication through communities such as Facebook and Twitter. How we can provide the best experience and which products can help us is the essence of UGame Ulearn 2010.

1st April the Auditorium of the TU Delft opens to welcome 700 librarians and educators. International speakers such as Michael Stephens, David Lee King and Gary Vaynerchuk will bring the visitors up to date under excellent supervision of our own world famous pod/vodcasting priest Father Roderick. This year we have decided to make the Exhibit Hall an important and interactive part of the conference with workshops and pitches and we make sure people have enough time in between speakers to visit the stands and listen to presentations on the latest innovations.”

So … if you’re able, come learn about the user experience with me! It should be a great symposium. If you can’t come in person, I promise to take good notes and post those … I might even post some photos and videos, too.

Here’s a video promo for the symposium: