This weekend, the halls and classrooms of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh will be filled with people who are eager to learn about advances in social media, interact (in real life!) with others in the regional Web 2.0 community, and apply their new found insights to their social media business strategies and personal ventures.
PodCamp was started several years ago in Boston as an “un-conference” that brings together the social media curious and those who are deeply ingrained with technology to share ideas and concerns to help advance the usage and implementation of social media tools such as blogs, podcasts, online video compilations, and the use of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Cities around the world have embraced the plight of the event, holding an annual PodCamps to keep the conversation going. Last fall, PodCamp Pittsburgh 4 drew nearly 400 attendees.
The free un-conference style event features 54 sessions that range from Blogging 101 to Advancing Your Career by using Web 2.0 tools. Sessions run simultaneously within 45 minute time-slots, allowing attendees to check out a variety of topics based on their needs and interests.
All attendees will receive a t-shirt, complete event guide, access to all sessions, breakfast and lunch both days, and most importantly, compelling content. PodCamp Pittsburgh 5 also features a VIP attendee package for $25 which includes more goodies and recognition as a sponsor of the event.
Local businesses and organizations have generously donated funds and supplies to cover event overhead.
Notable speakers for this year’s event include Media Professional Ian Rosenberger, ReadWriteWeb COO Sean Ammirati, “Secret Agent L” Laura Miller, and Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto who will give opening remarks on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
PodCamp Pittsburgh 5
Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Saturday, September 18 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 19 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The event is FREE and open to the public. Register online or just show up!
Organized completely by a group of dedicated volunteers, PodCamp Pittsburgh 5 promises not to disappoint.
PodCamp Pittsburgh founder Justin Kownacki speaking at PodCamp Pittsburgh 4. Photo by Rob de la Cretaz
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