Podcamp Boston 5 / by Chel Wolverton

It's been a crazy 5 years, well, 4 for me, but 5 for Podcamp Boston.

For those of you who do not know the history of Podcamp:

A PodCamp is a usually free BarCamp-style community UnConference for new media enthusiasts and professionals including bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, social networkers, and anyone curious about new media. The first PodCamp was held September 8-10, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. PodCamps are now being held worldwide.

Podcamp Boston was co-founded by Christopher Penn and Chris Brogan in 2006.  These two guys wanted to learn more and share what they knew about podcasting without traveling over to the west coast to do it, so they came up with the idea to host an unconference in Boston, MA.  The first of many Podcamps around the world took place on  at Bunker Hill Community College.

Why I love Podcamp.

Podcamp Boston's attendees have historically been overwhelmingly full of people new to online/news/social media.  The event is a great place for people who have questions and need answers on how to get started.  Last year, we focused on making the event discussion based as much as possible vs. presentation.  The goal was to make it easy for attendees to get their questions answered.

This year, I hope that speakers will continue that tradition.  The most important part of Podcamp to me is others learning what they need to know so they can take that actionable information back home or to their office and make it work for them.

Why Greater Boston Food Bank.

We've chosen the GBFB in the past for our charity because helping to feed kids is a no-brainer.  While we don't know the total donation amount for this year's event yet, we do know that it feels good to keep kids in the Boston area/MA from going hungry.

If you are an attendee this year and paid for your ticket, you should feel proud of how you've made the world a bit better with your participation in this event.

I hope that I'll be seeing many of you this weekend and that you're excited as I am for the 5th year.  Please enjoy the event and remember to ask the questions that will help you grow and prepare for the future.