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Ed rocks the woodblock during a Podcamp session on improvisational music. Photo by Roger H. Goun

Ed rocks the woodblock during a Podcamp session on improvisational music. Photo by Roger H. Goun

Podcamp. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Last August I finally attended my first podcamp event, and discovered a sense of meaning for everything I’ve learned over the last decade, about the Internet, and using a computer. That August weekend in Boston inspired me to embark on a six-month journey to ascertain my role in the ever expanding world of social media, and carve out a niche where I can help netizens understand and grow their own Internet presence.

Those personal discoveries continued on a recent warm November weekend, this time in the mountainous region of central New England, where more than 100 Internet and social media practitioners met, gabbed, and shared ideas at the first ever Podcamp New Hampshire. The event took place at the well-appointed New Hampton School, a private prep school in the Lake Winnipesaukee region of central New Hampshire.

See Podcamp New Hampshire photos here and here.

Under the conference tagline of “Learn free or die,” organizers presented sessions on the rise of social media, its effect on personal lives, and its growing influence over business and marketing trends. Other topics included the growing list of tools available for developing and distributing content, demonstrations of Web-based live streaming technologies, and special interest themes such as social media involvement with local government, and the use of improvisational music to enhance a podcast or web video.

Participants are encouraged to speak freely and share experiences during the sessions, as well as use their own two feet to leave any forum not meeting expectations. Presenters also take part in other sessions, while attendees are encouraged to form their own sessions or discussion groups. At least twice during the weekend, participants took over workshops when presenters failed to arrive.

Next year’s Podcamp New Hampshire has already been booked at the same venue, this time in July. Get your reservations in early, because as word travels about the success of the inaugural event, the summer session will surely book fast.

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Want more info on Podcamp New Hampshire? Click here.

2 Responses to ““Learn free or die” (#pcnh)”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by E. Christopher Clark and Monika McGillicuddy, Ed Justen. Ed Justen said: My take on a wonderful weekend in New Hampshire http://bit.ly/4iyNfm #pcnh #learnfreeordie Thanks to the team for a great time! [...]

  2. We are so glad you enjoyed it! See you in June 2010!

    Leslie Poston
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