Podcamp Toronto Podcast 18

Tommy Vallier, Jay Moonah and myself (Sean McGaughey) recorded the Podcamp Toronto Podcast tonight live over talkshoe.  I have a new recording set-up that I’m still learning to use, so I apologize for the technical quality of the podcast.

Download/Listen  to Podcamp Toronto Podcast 18

We discussed:

  1. The mentor lounge.
  2. Upcoming sessions at Podcamp Toronto.
  3. The Castroller Podcamp Toronto Channel: http://castroller.com/channels/pcto09.
  4. The winners of the Griffin Technologies prize packs for the Promo Challenge:  John Meadows, Peter O’Connell, George Motoc and Kevin Ballon.
  5. Lunch options:  We are not providing lunch this year.
  6. The Schedule will be live tomorrow (Sunday February 8: 10:00 EST).  If you have signed up to present a session, please pick a room and time on the schedule and sign up on the wiki.
  7. Wifi ettiquite at Podcamp Toronto.
  8. Stay tuned to the Podcamp Toronto blog and wiki for announcements about Friday and Saturday night events which are in the works.

Podcamp Toronto Promo Prize Winners

Congratulations to John Meadows, Peter O’Connell, George Motoc and Kevin Ballon who produced promos for Podcamp Toronto.  They have each won one of 4 goody bags valued at $125 courtesy of Griffin Technologies.   They may pick up their prize bags at Podcamp Toronto.

Here are all the Podcamp Toronto Promos submitted to this date. Please Play these promos on your podcasts, or post them to your blog or website.

John Meadows

Download John Meadow’s  Promo

Peter O’Connell

Download Peter O’Connell’s Pcto09 Promo

George Motoc

Download George Motoc’s Pcto09 Promo

Sean McGaughey

  Download Sean McGaughey’s Pcto09 Promo

Kevin Ballon


Subscribe to the Podcamp Toronto Castroller Feed

Today, after more than two years of development, podcamper Will Spaetzel has officially launched Castroller, a social media website for aggregating and sharing podcasts and videocasts.  Will has also created a dedicated channel on Castroller containing one feed for all podcasts produced by pcto09 participants.

The following is a guest post by Will Spaetzel explaining the Podcamp Toronto channel and the Castroller launch:

If you’re coming to Podcamp Toronto, you’ll be meeting a lot of podcasters. And you’ll probably want to know something about these people before you coming. Besides checking out their blog or Twitter account, you probably also want to listen to their podcast. Well a Canadian startup, CastRoller just made that very easy.

CastRoller has created a “Channel” of podcasts for Podcamp Toronto attendees. You can see the channel here: http://castroller.com/channels/pcto09. A CastRoller channel contains the latest episodes from every podcast in the channel. So you can go to that one page and see the latest from everyone that will be coming to Podcamp Toronto this year. And best of all, there is a Podcast feed for the channel as well. Just add this feed: http://castroller.com/channels/pcto09/feed to iTunes and the latest episodes from all of the attendees will be automatically downloaded to your computer.

CastRoller also has a lot of other features that make it easy to discover new podcasts and enjoy the ones you already subscribe to. You can log into CastRoller and add your own subscriptions without even creating an account at http://castroller.com/login.

You can read more about CastRoller over at their blog at http://blog.castroller.com.

New Podcamp Toronto Promos

Today we received two new Podcamp Toronto 2009 Promos from Peter O’Connell and George Motoc. Remember to send your promos in to pcto2009@gmail.com by February 1 for a chance to win some great prizes courtesy of Griffin Technologies.

Peter O’Connell:

Download Peter O’Connell’s Pcto09 Promo

George Motoc:

Download George Motoc”s Pcto09 Promo

You can find all our promos on our PCTO2009 Promos page. Please Play these promos on your podcasts, or post them to your blog or website.

Podcamp Toronto Podcast 17

Download/Listen to Podcamp Toronto Podcast 17

1) Guests sitting in with the band.  Bill Deys and Keith Burtis
2) New Sponsors this week since last episode.

Gold sponsor: Voices.com
Silver Edelman Digital: http://www.edelmandigital.com
Friend of PodCamp sponsor.   IABC/Toronto
3) Podcamp Gear Swap.

4) Promo challenge update. Between recording and posting this podcast we received promos by Peter O’Connell and George Motoc for our promo challenge.  Thanks to our friends at Griffin Technologies for providing gift bags valued at $125 each for 4 lucky podcampers who make promos for Podcamp Toronto.

5) Proposed sessions.
6) Castroller.com is about to relaunch on January 27 with a whole new look and some exciting new features.  Will Spaetzel at castroller has set up a Podcamp Toronto channel on Castroller.  You can subscribe to the feed for all podcasts by Podcamp Toronto Participants at http://castroller.com/channels/pcto09/feed
7) A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered! Ask anyone else who would like to volunteer to add their names to the page:
8)  Live talkshoe show for the next episode.  Sunday 25th Jan Evening: 7pm on talkshoe.com.

An Interview With Danny Brown of the 12for12k Challenge

Danny Brown is the founder of the 12for12k Challenge, a not-for-profit fundraising effort aiming to raise $12,000 for 12 different charities by the end of 2009. I had the chance to ask Danny a few questions about 12for12k, PodCamp Toronto and his approach to social media.

Can you tell me a little about yourself? Name, rank, number… 

My name’s Danny Brown, and I’m the owner of Press Release PR, a boutique agency bringing together traditional PR and social media. I’m also the founder of the 12for12k Challenge, a unique fund-raising initiative using social media for good. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and now living in the *sunny* climes of Toronto, Canada.   

You recently launched the 12for12k Challenge. Tell me about it.

The 12for12k Challenge is a social media-led non-profit initiative for 2009. The idea is simple – 12 months, 12 different charities, 1200 people, $12,000 per charity. All it takes is to donate $10 to the chosen charity – not a lot, but an amount that can mean the difference between life and death to millions worldwide, at home and abroad. 

What causes are you supporting through the challenge?

The first charity chosen is War Child Canada, which helps kids in war-torn communities. If you have young children of your own, picture them with a rifle in their hand; picture them clearing minefields with their bare hands; then picture them without limbs because of this. No child should be made a soldier – which is why we support War Child. While I can’t mention others yet due to due diligence reports, I can say that we’ll be supporting animal charities, inner-city slum restoration, cancer research and more – all with both a local and international reach.

How have you gotten the word out about the challenge?

We deliberately set out to use social media for our fund-raising, purely from it having a wider reach and myself and the partners on 12for12k are all active users in the social media scene. We’re using Twitter, Facebook, blogs and video sharing sites to get the message out. We have some of the social media “giants” blogging and making videos. We’re also looking at corporate sponsors and some offline initiatives to help spread the word as far as possible.  

What results have you seen so far?

I’ll be honest, a little mixed so far. We’ve had great interest from the media – CityNews Toronto, local newspapers and web news shows have all got behind us. Donations have been slow off the mark, with us still to break the $1,000 barrier as I write (update: that barrier has now been broken). With just over 2 weeks until the end of January, we’re behind. However, we’ve finally received a PayPal option from War Child which is helping, we’re getting some fresh impetus from some of the social media leaders, we have a ChipIn widget now… People are back to work and paychecks are coming in now, so we’re optimistic the post-holiday lull is over. 

It feels like you personally have exploded onto the social media scene in the last few months. How long have you been into the social media scene?

Thank you. I guess it depends on what we class as social media…  I’ve always been a proponent of online tools and mediums, from old IM chatrooms to forums and more. So, as far as that goes, probably just under 10 years. If we’re talking about today’s definitions (Twitter, Friendfeed, delicious, etc) then I guess closer to 2-3 years. Though it’s only really 2007 that I started blogging seriously from a business standpoint (personal blogging was always “take it or leave it”).

Which tools have you found the most useful since you got into this scene?

I know it probably seems everyone is saying it, but definitely Twitter has to be at the top. The amount of smart and influential connections I’ve made (like with your good self) never fails to amaze me. Anyone not on Twitter yet is seriously missing out. Google Alerts and Serph.com for monitoring client news. BackType for seeing what’s being said in the blogosphere. Technorati (to a degree), LinkedIn and Flickr (surprisingly effective for presentations) along with SlideShare.

How many PodCamps have you been to?

Am I allowed to say I’m a PodCamp virgin, or will I be castigated?   This one in Toronto will be my first – timescales and locations have worked against me in the past. But I’m really looking forward to breaking my duck and connecting with people that I learn from on a daily basis.

Who’s sessions are you most looking forward to at PodCamp Toronto 2009?

  • Video MicroBlogging from Adele McAlear (looking to introduce video blogging to my own one this year)
  • The Social Media Funnel with Keith Burtis – curious to see Best Buy’s take on social media 
  • State of the Union Discussion with Collin Douma
  • Social Media Monitoring and Analysis by some guy called Dave Fleet… 
  • Government 2.0 with Mike Kujawski

These are some of the ones I don’t want to miss, although there looks to be some great speakers/subjects over the two days.

What are you hoping to get out of PodCamp Toronto this year?

Probably a better understanding of how different industries are using social media. I obviously approach it from a PR/client slant, but I’m interested how it’s being applied by less obvious industries. Also, using existing tools and applications more effectively. Last, but by no means least, making great new connections and friends to add to the superb collection I’m already grateful for having.