In case you missed the HUGE thing this past week, PodCamp Pittsburgh is officially slated for the weekend of September 30 and October 1.  You can take that “HUGE” to mean the news itself is pretty big, or the fact that we have a giant image in the header of the site proudly announcing the dates for PodCamp Pittsburgh 2017.  A huge thanks to Point Park University for hosting us again for this year’s event.  We will be taking up residency at Point Park University’s library at 414 Wood Street for the weekend.

We do have a few announcements heading into this year’s event.

1.  Format:  First and foremost, we’re changing things up a little bit.  In the past we’ve incorporated two days of sessions encompassing three or four rooms with 45-minute presentations hosted by the public.  If you’re keeping count, that’s anywhere between 30-40 sessions in one weekend.  It’s a lot of information to process – especially if you’re new to podcasting, blogging, social media, and video for the web.  That’s why this year we’re taking a different approach.  While hearing someone present about how to do something is great, we want to give people a more hands-on approach this year.  We will be offering standard sessions on Saturday – with hands-on workshops on Sunday.  It’s an opportunity for people to put into action some of the things they learned on Saturday, with the guiding hands of our group of volunteers.

2.  Meet and Greet Event:  We do have a Meet and Greet event slated for September 29.  We will have more details available for everyone soon.

3.  Speaker Submissions:  Speaker submissions are open.  Have a session you’d like to present?  PodCamp is all about being an open community.  While we have a standard tract of sessions covering basics of podcasting, social media, blogging, and video for the web, we open it up to the community to present their own sessions.  Have something you’d like to submit? Fill out the submission form here.

4.  Volunteers: In case you didn’t realize it, PodCamp Pittsburgh is organized, hosted, and operated entirely by volunteers.  Want to be involved with this year’s event?  We’re looking for people to help with registration throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, set-up, tear-down, and to help with our Sunday workshops.  We’d love to have you be part of our team.  You can fill out a submission form here.

5.  Sponsoring PodCamp Pittsburgh:  Interested in sponsoring this year’s event?  We’d love to have you on board.  You can check out our sponsorship levels here.  You can contact Missy about in-kind or specially-crafted sponsorship options, too!