Tomorrow is Podcamp NYC, an unconference that has grown way beyond that into a monster, with over 1200 registered users. A decision was made pretty early to solicit session proposals and then to schedule them – otherwise there are just far too many going to have it self-organise. Although there is one plan as you go track for any last minute desire to get up and talk.
The sheer numbers mean that it had to move venues – straining the sponsorship dollars to keep it a free conference. So there’s no food this time, it is just not possible. The New York Hotel is now playing host, the New School no longer being able to fit everyone who signed up. Even if they only get 50% of the people it’s going to be a great day. I’m speaking too – if you go to these you have to contribute! So 10am on Saturday I’m with Howard Greenstein talking about how podcasting can be used as part of a Social Media strategy for marketing. It’ll be recorded along with everything else. The timing is good for me, i can do my volunteer session first thing, then the talk and then spend the rest of the day learning. Or maybe trying to see if the wifi is good enough to let me watch the Boat Race!
The World Economic Forum starts in Davos today. This year they’ve increased the methods of sharing and participation with sessions available on webcast and also as podcasts for the first time this year. (nice to see the little orange icon.
They also have a blog, which is open to contributions from all:
Every participant of the Annual Meeting – ranging from business leaders to political leaders, heads of NGOs, religious leaders, academics and journalists – will be asked to join the Forum blog.
Supported by Loic (and Six Apart?) I’ll be watching this to see if the group collaboration works. If it does, it’s a good example for company conferences, where the challange would be ‘why’.
Meanwhile, Llloyd gives us a further installment of his male grooming product review. Although he may not be ready for a BAFTA yet, you do get G-room shampoo and partial nudity…
Yahoo have released a beta of a podcasting service. Nice webpages, great to have someone else in the space but I think I’m being particularly slow on this as I can’t get the subscription service to work in Doppler. It looks like I need some other software to do so, such as itunes or Yahoo Music. The listening function works nicely, and the ‘how to’ is clear. One to watch.
I’m still writing up my notes from Podcastcon, but in the ever accelerating increased in the podcasting journey, I see (via Business Week) that you can now hire professionals to do your ‘cast for you.