Media Release

‘Unconference’ To Bring Techies and Hobbyists Together
Podcamp first of its kind in Atlantic Canada for podcasting,
blogging and new media enthusiasts

December 11, 2008 - When online video entrepreneur Craig Moore volunteered to help organize something called a ‘Podcamp’ in Halifax, he never could have anticipated the excitement that would be sparked.

“When we started, we thought we would gather 30 or 40 of our friends together to chat about podcasting and blogs,” said Moore. “When we finally announced that we were doing it, we immediately had replies from people who had booked their flight that day from Toronto.”

Already popular throughout North America and Europe, a Podcamp uses an ‘unconference’ format to facilitate discussions about blogs, wikis, YouTube, Facebook and other collaborative online tools. Craig’s idea transformed from a simple fireside chat to a community town hall filling up a public library with discussion about everything from how to un-friend people on Facebook to legal issues caused by social media.

“We’re already attracting people from all walks of life,” said Ryan Deschamps, a librarian, blogger and champion for social media in Halifax. After joining the podcamp discussion, he connected the event with Halifax Public Libraries, securing the Alderney Gate Library as a venue. “The online world has a much larger reach than just techies. So many different types of people are online, all contributing to its community.”

“Libraries have always been about sharing ideas. Books are one way to do that, community events like podcamps are another,” said Deschamps who alongside Jon McGinley and Ben Boudreau from Revolve forms the planning committee. “We’re very excited to help host the very first one in the Atlantic provinces.”

The free-of-charge event will take place at 9:00 a.m., January 25 at the Alderney Gate Library. In typical social media style, the presentations will be available through podcast, online video and Twitter updates. Speaking opportunities and registration details can be found on the Podcamp Halifax website (http://podcamphalifax.ca).

Media Contacts
Ryan Deschamps, e-Learning Manager
Halifax Public Libraries
(t) 490-5823

Marlo MacKay, Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(t) 490-585