We’ve been having PodCamps in Toronto since 2007. Last year, over 1,000 people from Toronto’s new media community, as well as people from all over the province, attended during our two-day unconference.
Our diverse community includes amateur and professional content creators and communicators. This includes folks from all areas of new media — writers, producers, photographers, designers, podcasters, developers and bloggers.
PodCamp Toronto 2013 is an inclusive unconference gathering where everyone participates.
Unconferences are facilitated, participant-driven events centred on a theme or purpose. The first PodCamp was held in Boston in 2006. Since then, new media and technology communities in numerous cities have held PodCamps.
When someone signs up to attend PodCamp they become a participant. Because we’re an unconference, we ask our participants to provide the programming and sessions. To speak at PodCamp is to share knowledge, expertise and perspective while facilitating a discussion. Participants at PodCamp bring their curiosity and passion for new media and creativity.
Participants at PodCamp exercise the Law of Two Feet. That is, when a participant finds they are not learning or contributing to discussion, they must find a discussion where they can learn something by taking their “two feet” elsewhere. Participants also cross-pollinate ideas by spreading discussion ideas as they go. In addition to lots of conversation in the halls, we always have a vibrant Twitter stream of ideas emerging from sessions.
Follow the #PCTO13 hashtag to keep up and join in on those conversations!