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Founders of PodCamp See a Bright Future

I don’t think when Chris Brogan and Christopher S. Penn  started PodCamp Boston in September 2006 that they knew they were starting a movement. But a mere two years later, PodCamp is a worldwide phenomenon for creators of new media and an inspiration to participants.

Last February, at PodCamp Toronto, approximately 60% of those in Chris Brogan’s opening session, Social Media & Networking Starter Guide, were attending their first PodCamp. “It’s really heartening to see the interest in podcasting and new media growing, to me that’s a big success story in itself,” said Jay Moonah, one of the PodCamp Toronto organizers.

With the first PodCamp Montreal kicking off this weekend, it’s a perfect time to talk to Chris and Chris about the growth of the event, and where they see it going.

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PodCamp Comes to Montreal

This weekend, new media comes to town with the first PodCamp Montreal.   For the uninitiated, PodCamp is an "unconference" where people come together to share knowledge and engage in open
discussion about video and audio podcasting, blogging, social media and
social networking. The do-it-yourself nature and collaborative attitude of the event makes PodCamp very different from other conferences.

Most PodCamps are free to attend and free to present. Want to run a session? Just sign up! I’m running a session on using Twitter to build and monitor your personal brand.

In Montreal, PodCamp will be bilingual with presentations in French and English. In a session and decide you want to leave for something else? Then go! One of the tenets of PodCamp is the rule of two feet; you are free, at any time, to leave a session for whatever reason.  With so many enthusiasts in one place, despite an incredible session schedule, many of the best discussions happen in the hallways, and spontaneous circle discussions could break out at any time.

PodCamp is an inspiring place to be. But don’t take it from me. I asked Canadian podcasters attending the event this weekend to complete statement: “For me, PodCamp is…”

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