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Now we’re cooking with Butter!

July 30, 2006

Hey gang,

A quick update. PodCamp is picking up momentum, which I’m psyched about. We’re a little more than a month away, and it’s time to put the spurs to this baby and make her FLY. Here’s what we need your help with over the next month.

  1. Share PodCamp with everyone you know! We have a great pool of shareable resources – audio promos, graphics, banners, PDFs, signs, you name it, we’ve almost got it. Please let folks know about PodCamp – and ask them to share it as well. Check out the promotional materials page here! And if there’s something that isn’t there that should be, shout it out!
  2. Sponsors, sponsors, sponsors. We need more sponsors. So far, we have three – the Museum of Science, Boston (venue), the Student Loan Network, and Node101. We still need sponsors, lots of them, to cover things like food and drink, T-Shirts and swag, giveaways, contests, prizes, you name it – we still need it. We even have a PayPal page set up for individual sponsors/donors. Every little bit helps and there’s no such thing as too little.
  3. Call for papers. At a normal conference, organizers usually have a call for papers, where they then select speakers based on papers and financial contributions. This is an unconference, which means no bribery, but it doesn’t mean no planning – please start thinking about what you want to present! Ideally, it’d be great to see presenters post frameworks, outlines, and notes on the PodCamp wiki at PodCamp.org
  4. Call for volunteers. xCamps can be incredibly labor intensive – we need volunteers to help out with event organization, from the registration desk (where people will check in) to setting up rooms, networking, equipment, etc. If you’ve registered on the PodCamp wiki, please indicate whether you’d be willing to volunteer, and for what.

We’re excited to see PodCamp coming, and look forward to your participation! One other suggestion for all participants – plan on bringing gear. Network cables, audio cables, video cables, power supplies, wireless cards, etc. will all be welcome and encouraged. You may want to get some labels from an office supply store and tag all your equipment.

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