Welcome to PodCamp Toronto 2013 #PCTO13!

Photo credit:  HiMY SYeD / photopia

Photo credit: HiMY SYeD / photopia

Your orga­niz­ers John Leschin­ski, Samuel Dun­siger, Ed Gough (bet­ter known as Dr. Vibe), Katie Boland, Rick Weiss, Mark Van Tol, Karim Kanji, May Tar­toussy and Adam Weit­ner would like to wel­come you to PCTO13!

We have a great week­end planned for you (just check out all the wicked ses­sions! goo.gl/UBR4f), and can’t wait to see all your smil­ing faces tomor­row morn­ing. Just a cou­ple of things to go over before all the fun begins:

 Use the #PCTO13 hashtag!

Be a friend and tell the Pod­Camp story for those who can’t attend by includ­ing the #PCTO13 hash­tag in all of your tweets, pics, check-ins, blogs etc!

The PCTO ground “rules”

1. Pod­Camp should be your expe­ri­ence. You get out of it what you put in. This event is to you what you make it!

Fol­low­ing your friends around all week­end, whether you met them at the event or a life­time ago, might pre­vent you from get­ting the most of your Pod­Camp expe­ri­ence, so be sure to branch out and explore. Don’t get us wrong — you should def­i­nitely spend time with friends new and old, but find your own direction.

2. Pod­Camp is an uncon­fer­ence. The agenda is fluid. If you have a ses­sion idea last minute, and there’s an empty space on the agenda, approach one of us and ask if we can slot you in. You won’t make it onto the web­site, but you can tell every­one to come using the #PCTO13 hashtag!

3. Since PCTO is an uncon­fer­ence, the stan­dard con­fer­ence rules do not apply. If you find your­self sit­ting in a ses­sion with a title and descrip­tion that really spoke to you, but the actual con­tent isn’t what you had hoped for, you can invoke the rule of two feet. In other words, stand up on your two feet, and walk your­self out of the room. Qui­etly, and respect­fully, of course!

If you dis­agree with some­thing, open a dia­logue. It’s this back-and-forth that we all learn from. Save ques­tions or com­ments for the end of ses­sions, and stick around to speak one-on-one with pre­sen­ters out­side the room.

4. Ses­sions are 45 min­utes long with a 15 minute break between each. Those 15 min­utes are to allow pre­sen­ters to pack up, and the next ses­sion leader to set up so that they can start on-time. We love that atten­dees are so engaged that they want to stick around and talk with pre­sen­ters — just be sure to do it as the presenter(s) pack up their lap­top, and con­tinue your dis­cus­sions in the hall­way, the lounge, or late into the evening at our after-party (details on that to follow ;)).

5. Please respect the Pod­Camp space. Ryer­son Uni­ver­sity has been our home since the first Pod­Camp Toronto in 2007, and we would like to con­tinue this tra­di­tion. Put your trash in the proper trash bins. If its over­flow­ing, find a dif­fer­ent one, and alert your friendly neigh­bour­hood PCTO orga­nizer (the folks in the red shirts) that some­thing needs to be done.

If you see trash lay­ing around, be a good Pod­Cam­per and toss it in a garbage or recy­cling bin!

That’s it for the “rules” — other than that just be pre­pared to meet a lot of great peo­ple and learn a ton!

Many, many thanks

We have a lot of peo­ple to thank for mak­ing Pod­Camp Toronto a fan­tas­tic event. All of you beau­ti­ful atten­dees, for starters! You’re all par­tic­i­pants, and you all con­tribute to mak­ing the week­end a won­der­ful learn­ing experience.

Our pre­sen­ters deserve extra men­tion. They’ve put them­selves for­ward to share their knowl­edge, insight and expe­ri­ence in the dig­i­tal media space. Or maybe just gen­eral wis­dom about liv­ing life. For that, we applaud them!

Vol­un­teers are also an impor­tant part of Pod­Camp Toronto. They will be work­ing hard through the week­end to ensure a great time for every­one. Give them a high-five when you see them (they’re the folks in the blue shirts)!

While Pod­Camp Toronto is free to attend, it still costs money to host. We cover our expenses for rentals, and those extra spe­cial add-ons through the gen­er­ous sup­port of our sponsors.

First, we have our Gold Spon­sors. They are Chevro­let and Rogers Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. You’ll find them at the Rogers Charg­ing Sta­tion for refu­elling your mobile devices, and the Chevro­let Recharge Lounge, where you can relax and recharge for your next ses­sion or deep conversation.

Sec­ond, we have our Sil­ver Spon­sors, Tim Hor­tons, ING Direct and Lou Dawg’s, which gra­ciously agreed to play host to our tra­di­tional after-party.

Lastly, we have a num­ber of Bronze Spon­sors, whose cash or in-kind dona­tions help us a lot. They are High Road Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Fresh­books, JS Con­sult­ing, Hover, and RIGHTSLEEVE have all con­tributed to mak­ing this week­end hap­pen. Give them some Pod­Camp love!

And of course, our host venue, Ryer­son Uni­ver­sity, has been a long-time sup­porter of Pod­Camp Toronto. For this, we are eter­nally grate­ful to them.


If you have any ques­tions please feel free to reach out to us through Twit­ter (@PodCampToronto) or Face­book. Through­out the week­end you can also just look for any­one with a vol­un­teer or orga­nizer t-shirt on and we will be happy to help you!

That should be all for now! We look for­ward to see­ing you tomorrow!