So you want to attend PodCamp? The following items can serve as your guide for getting the most out of this awesome, two-day, chock-full-of-goodness event.

What exactly IS PodCamp?
PodCamp is the most awesome thing in Pittsburgh.

But if you really want to get specific…

PodCamp Pittsburgh is a social, new media conference. It started in 2004 and was originally built around podcasting (hence the name PodCamp), and has since grown across North America. PodCamp Pittsburgh has also evolved into a study of information sharing online and how it affects us in different ways every day.

At PodCamp Pittsburgh, you’ll learn how to get started (or how to grow) sharing what you do with everyone else in the world through voice, video, pictures, text and other forms of media. You’ll find out what (and how to use) the latest tools others are using to accomplish great things.

Who is going?
Why, the coolest people in Pittsburgh — that’s who! We get a great mix of folks each year at PodCamp. Beginners looking to get into social media. Tech nerds. Bloggers. Designers. Social media rockstars. Those looking to network. Business owners — big and small. Basically, anyone who wants to learn or share information about all that is online. Oh, and there are no age limits (although we don’t really recommend you bring your 6-year-old).

When should I sign up?
Registration opens end of August, so check back soon!

What sessions should I attend?
Take a look at the schedule once it’s posted. You’ll have your choice of sessions. You can click on each to get more information and see what fits you best. Want to attend two that are happening at the same time? No sweat. Although we don’t offer cloning, we WILL post all sessions online afterwards, so attend one then watch the other later. (P.S. If anyone can clone, email us, let’s talk.)

What should I wear? What should I bring?
We keep things pretty casual at PodCamp. Jeans are fine. Prom dresses? Not so much. Take a look at this video to get a sense of the “dress code.”  Also — bring your laptop, camera, cell, iPad, or other device if you’d like. WiFi and outlets will be a-plenty. Take lots of pics. Tag your Instagram photos and tweets with #pcpgh7. And you can also get real old school by bringing just a pen and paper.

Do I have to be a certain profession to attend? Or be a master of the interwebz?
Nope! We don’t discriminate. All are welcome. All will benefit.

Can I pitch my business to people?
If you’re a speaker, we’ve got a no-pitch policy. However, if you can offer something for people to learn about your business, though, by all means discuss! Feel free to also bring business cards and network. Just don’t get all sleazy used car salesman on us.

Do I have to attend both days, all day?
You’re not obligated. Attend both days, one day, part of a day — whatever you can swing. We’re all busy and we understand.

Questions? Comments? Need more info? Email me at

Deanna Ferrari is a PR and social media professional based in Pittsburgh. She is heading up publicity for PodCamp Pittsburgh 7. Follow her on Twitter at @dferrari.


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