20 podcamps world-wide in the past year. Why has it spread so far and so fast?
- what size works best?
- does venue or location matter?
- wiki is not always user friendly?
- scheduling/tracking deadlines
- how do you manage volunteer staff?
How do you expand it out so that you don't have the same 12 people going to every one like Grateful Dead followers.
Today: about 550 people out of 1339 people registered. When you do not get those people out, how do you plan for T-shirts, food, sponsors, advertisers?
Does it need to be called something a little more inclusive?
Other unconferences and new media conferences are charging...
Whitney Hoffman did Podcamp Philly sponsorship like Lego - built out essential sponsorship first, and then sponsorship for non-essentials after.
BarCamp model was originally chosen because it is easy. But what do you do with the scalability, the second year?
What is Podcamp?
- opportunity to learn
- conference anyone can put on
- involving the community
- showing people they can create content, can share content on the web
- people are here because it is their hobby, it is not an industry; people are here to share with people who have a similar love
Sponsorships - not want to be calling the same people all the time; also, need a certain critical mass before people are interested; as podcamp becomes split up and more local, you may only need 1 or 2 sponsors; it has to be funded somehow; the idea of sponsorship by a company equals commitment to this community; even if organizations cannot give money, let them get involved e.g. in-kind sponsorships.
Send them comments about what you think podcamp is and what it should be: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discuss on the forums - linked from the blog
There will also be a survey (Survey Monkey)