[Hidden-tech] info on the upcoming Western Mass podcamp

Jon Reed jonreed at earthlink.net
Tue Mar 19 17:11:16 EDT 2013

Greetings Hidden-Techies.

I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming PodCamp on 
Saturday, March 30:


The event tends to sell out. Currently there are still some tickets 
for purchase left. I have an unfortunate habit of being out of town 
during the Western Mass podcamps and this year may be the same but I 
am still planning on buying a ticket shortly.

I am a big fan of unconferences and also a big advocate of networked 
learning. Most of the positive career changes I have made in the last 
ten years I can trace back to my participation at local events, be it 
Hidden Tech or podcamp or developer meetups. Of course sometimes this 
has meant going outside my comfort zone or even attending an event 
that didn't seem to yield an immediate result, but It's pretty 
amazing look back, whether it's web design or podcasting or (now) 
video production and streaming, how local events and contacts have 
been instrumental in moving from outlandish/untested ideas into 
sustainable business models.

Unconferences have the advantage of giving you a greater likelihood 
of deriving something useful, since you can insert yourself and your 
topics into the agenda. :)

I asked Morriss Partee, one of podcamp's organizers (Twitter handle 
<https://twitter.com/mmpartee>https://twitter.com/mmpartee), for some 
thoughts and testimonials I could share with Hidden Techies.

Here's a few he passed along:

Feedback from a PodCamp virgin:

"In all, my first PodCamp was a great experience. It was super fun 
and the unconference style made it really casual, friendly and 
enjoyable. Everyone had interesting questions to ask and topics to 
discuss, and it was fantastic to learn a little something new from 
everyone I met." -Siobahn Kinney, Social Media Queen/Internet Warrior

What one writer gets from attending PodCamp:

"Ever since my first PodCamp (PodCamp CT, October 2010), I've been a 
PodCamp die-hard. I love the energy, the sessions - and the lessons 
learned. PodCamp WesternMass 4 was no different." -Christine Parizo, 

An artist reflects on PodCamp WesternMass 4:

"This past Saturday, I arrived at HCC to my first pod camp. It was 
everything I expected it to be and more. It was interesting, rich in 
resources, focused on new media and yes, slightly chaotic." -Rennata 
Tropeano, Artist

Hopefully we'll have a good Hidden Tech representation at the 
upcoming podcamp, and stay tuned for more Hidden Tech programming 

- Jon Reed, Founding Hidden-Tech Board Member
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