As one of the founders of Ignite Sault, I (Gerry) have some exciting news for you, something that builds on the Ignite theme of bringing community together to connect, learn and inspire. It’s something I’ve been working on for a while, and I want to share with everybody what I’ve been pouring so much energy into.
On February 20th, 2010, we’re going to be having a Soo PodCamp. It will be held from 9am to 3pm at Sault College. And it’s free.
But wait, what’s a PodCamp? Well, it’s a free community UnConference aimed at bringing together new media enthusiasts, professionals, and hobbyists. If you ever wanted to know more about social media, or how to better utilize it for either business or in any other application, this is the place to be.
But wait, what’s an Unconference?
Well, we all know what a conference is, right? We’ve all been there before – gone to some sort of conference where we were excited to learn something new, and ended up bored out of our minds all day listening to people talk at us. Or other times the content was ok, but there was another direction we wanted to go in to make it work for us. And in all cases, there was no opportunity to interact and get what we wanted out of the experience.
And that’s where the ‘un’ part of Unconference comes in. It takes all the negative things that we’ve come to associate with going to conferences – the long, boring, non-interactive presentations, the set-in-stone agendas, and turns it on its head. At an Unconference (in this case a PodCamp), you have the opportunity to help shape the experience so that you get the most out of it as possible.
So know that you know more about what the Soo PodCamp is, go to http://soopodcamp.com/ to get the details and register today. It completely free – run by the community for the community, just like Ignite. Refreshments and lunch will be provided to make sure our brains are functioning at their best. Every person who attends brings their knowledge and adds it to the pool (and everyone has something to contribute, even if they don’t know they do!)
Social media has changed the way we go about our daily lives. It’s called ‘new media’ because that’s what it is – new. So come, bring an open mind and a willingness to discuss, and see what you can learn about new media and how you can use it, whatever your goals may be. Share ideas, discuss theories and learn lessons from an audience of experts. Network, network, network. All are welcome.