PodCamp & WordCamp Hawaii
PodCamp & WordCamp HawaiiÂ kicks off tomorrow at theÂ Hawaii Convention Center, which will make the next two days utter nirvana (or, perhaps, “nerdvana”) for geeks and geeks in the making.Â New media and the social webÂ will be explored and discussed in a free event that welcomes everyone — from the evangelists to the skeptics, from the pros to the merely curious.Â More than 500 peopleÂ have registered to attend.
There had long been interest in staging a “PodCamp” (a specific brand of “community unconference”) in Hawaii. A more grassroots, local event dubbed “Unconferenz” was held in January — the brainchild ofÂ Burt Lum — and it certainly showed the potential. AfterÂ WordPress.comÂ founderÂ Matt MullenwegÂ came toÂ speak at Macahiki in April, I personally became interested in staging aÂ WordCamp, a WordPress-centric little cousin to a PodCamp.
But new media entrepreneurÂ Roxanne DarlingÂ (and her partnerÂ Shane Robinson) were ready to think big. ReallyÂ big. Soon afterÂ a kickoff meetingÂ in May, a full-blown PodCamp was in the works, with WordCamp but one part of it. Â Big name sponsors? Â The Hawaii Convention Center? Â In five months? Â I admit, I was skeptical. Â And certainly, there was talk of scaling things down, or postponing altogether, along the way. Â But Roxanne’s single-minded, take-no-prisoners commitment to the planÂ made it a reality.
Along with a hui of volunteers and in-kind sponsors, of course.
I’ll be speaking as part of aÂ WordCamp sessionÂ on blogging (backing up the effervescentÂ Charlene Amsden) tomorrow, but I’ve also volunteered to staff a couple of other sessions. Â (You canÂ still volunteer, too!) Â At an “unconference,” anyone can speak and share, and anyone can help. Â Everyone will learn something, and have a great time doing it.
I’m mostly looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people. Â There’ll be people at PodCamp who’ll have traveled across the island, from another island, and from across the ocean. Â I hope you’ll join us, but if you can’t make it, there’ll be live video streamed from key sessions at theÂ PodCamp Hawaii website. Â You can alsoÂ track the keyword “pch08” on TwitterÂ to get nearly instantaneous updates from dozens of attendees. Â Of course, I’ll beÂ tweetingÂ andÂ posting photos to FlickrÂ as well.
Post updated to include recap video from day one. Day two recap video is here.