This picture taken at Podcamp Toronto completely summarizes what I love about the power of podcasting and the community of podcasting. On the left we have a number of teen podcasters including Matt, and Chris24. Some of them can be heard on Blastr.tv , a weekly tech podcast produced by and for teens. On the far right is Anne Abbot an amazing visual artist and podcaster. Although she is unable to speak, she communicates with a communication board. Her paintings and her podcast give her a powerful way to communicate with the world at large.
Here is a brief listing of my personal highlights and aha moments from Podcamp.
- Finally meeting All Axis Ajay in person.
- Bob Goyetche demonstrating how to use the time shift tool in Audacity. Doh!– that is already saving me hours in editing time.
- Meeting Keith Burtis and buying one of his beautiful bowls for my wife for our anniversary (She got me a new mic).
- Hanging out in Zero to Podcasting watching light bulbs turn on over people’s heads and knowing that next year some these people will be back as seasoned podcasting veterans.
- Mitch Joel (and many others) attending the conference through the miracle of twitter and streaming technology. Although Mitch was watching in Montreal, several times he asked questions of the presenters via twitter and one of the people in the room asked it for him.
- The informal meetups Friday and Saturday, especially at our unofficial clubhouse, The Imperial Public Library. We had set up a page on the wiki for facilitating informal meetups, but it went almost completely unused. The action was face to face in the halls and on twitter. In fact, the restaurant we were heading to Saturday changed 3 times as people ahead of us reported that the restaurants were full. Fortunately we were with Daniele Rossi who was keeping up with the twitter conversations on his phone. Why did people use twitter in this circumstance and not the wiki?– portability. This taught me a valuable lesson about new media tools. We have a gajillion tools at our disposal but not all are suited for all purposes. As an organizer of Podcamp I realized that we could set up “Official” channels at an event such as this but the wisdom of the crowds may dictate other channels.
- I also had a wonderful conversation with Many and Brad, our hosts from Ryerson University. I cannot thank them enough for two years of amazing hospitality towards Podcamp Toronto.
Here are a few more pictures from my weekend at Podcamp.