The First PodCamp

On September 9, 2006, over 300 people converged to the first PodCamp UNconference, just 100 miles to our east, at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.

A group of New England-based podcasters were lamenting that all the big podcasting events were held on the west coast… and quickly realized they did not have the time or resources to put together a “big podcasting event.”

Inspired by the Open Space-structured BarCamp, organizers announced PodCamp in June, 2006.

This won’t be just another meet-up. The style and format of events like this is such that we can have gear show and tells, podcasting 101 talks, panels on how to work with bands on getting more podsafe music, and whatever else interests you. If you’re interested in podcasting at any level, there’s something that someone else will want to talk with you about.

-Chris Brogan, PodCamp co-organizer

PodCamp's First Year

The idea caught on, with over a dozen PodCamps held globally in the first year.

  • PodCamp Pittsburgh – Nov. 10-12, 2006
  • PodCampWest – Nov. 18-19, 2006
  • PodCamp Copenhagen – December 10, 2006
  • Podcamp Germany – January 12-14, 2007
  • PodCamp Second Life – January 26-28, 2007
  • Podcamp Toronto – February 24-25, 2007
  • Podcamp Atlanta – March 16-18, 2007
  • PodCamp NYC – April 7, 2007
  • PodCamp San Antonio – May 19, 2007
  • PodCamp Europe – June 12-13, 2007
  • PodCamp Nano DC – July 8, 2007
  • Podcamp City Online – July 28, 2007
  • PodCamp Pittsburgh 2 – August 18-19, 2007
  • Podcamp Minnesota – August 25th 2007
  • PodCampUK – September 1-2, 2007
  • Podcamp Philly – September 7-9, 2007

Western Mass Joins the Scene

Just as New Englanders wanted a more local event, so followed Western Mass. After meeting each other at Boston-based events, in late 2008, a group banded together and sent out the call.

It’s time to bring the PodCamp concept to Western Mass. We have a thriving community here of some truly amazing people. This is a chance for Western Mass bloggers, business people, artists, and academics, to get together, make connections, and for everyone to learn how social media can enhance their business, cause or organization. This is also a chance to celebrate the cornucopia of Western Mass. culture, a joyous blend of urban and rural; business, artistic and academic; near enough to other large metro areas, but small enough to hear yourself think.

-PCWM 1 Announcement

PCWM 1 was held on March 28, 2009 at Open Square in Holyoke. Nearly 40 people participated, with topics including “TweetDeck to the Rescue,” “Get Seen on Video,” “Blogging 101” and “Drupal CMS and Inbound Marketing.”

PCWM has continued to grow and is one of the most-anticipated conferences in Western Mass every year.

PCWM Schedule

PodCamp is divided into time blocks with a various number of sessions. Each time block has anywhere from 5-7 sessions, depending on the room availability. This allows for a large number of sessions, workshops, and presentations throughout the day.

Timetable

  • Check-In and Coffee
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Break
  • Session
  • Break
  • Session
  • Lunch
  • Session
  • Break
  • Session
  • Break
  • Session
  • Closing Remarks
  • After Party

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