This past saturday I attend podcampnyc 2.0 . I was not able to get there until the afternoon session and had work friday, so I only got to sit in on 4 talks. I just wanted to give a quick over view of each of the talks I attended and then cover how it was my lucky day!
So to begin my day (more like afternoon) this past Saturday, the first talk I attended was about some of the media tools (twitter, video blogs, podcasting, etc). It was about getting invovled and starting the conversation. We got to hear from Chris Brogan, Laura Fitton aka @pistachio, and Roxanne from Hawaii. After chatting about the tools and opening up the discussion they passed around iFlips and used utterz to help others get others out of their comfort zone and start the online conversation via video and audio. The whole point is that you do not need to be perfect online all the time (ha, just look at me!), but to get involve with the community. It was a packed event and nice talk.
The next one I went to was about the venture capital firm, sophotec. Johannes Bhakdi the CEO gave a presentation about what web 3.0 is to them and how they plan to make money from it. After hearing him explain it, the system he envisions basically described a trivial version of kluster, a system where users can post up their ideas and get money based on how much contribution they give.
The third session was with Kevin Gamble from tiki bar. (Side Note: Tiki Bar is an awesome podcast that you need to check out!). He gave a basic history and look at what they did for their podcast as well as offer some insight into how to improve and what common problems people face. It was very insightful and a nice laugh.
The last talk was about an open discussion about online tools and how much time you waste on them. But to begin this session, everyone handed over their cellphones, yes it made everyone awkward. Think about the basic efficiency of checking email, does Outlook help you or hurt you? I mean for me I tend to get “screensucked” for hours and can get nothing done. Other times I can focus and get a lot done, even with 20 tabs open in Firefox! It was a great open debate and discussion about how some of these online tools like twitter, Facebook, etc are running our lives and making us spend too much time “screensucking”.
It was a great event and wish I was able to attend on Friday and make it over there on Saturday morning. Although after attending the sessions and stopping off for the “closing cerimony” I was given a ticket upon entering. I know from my past “lucky” experiences I have the same chance of winning the Mega Millions as I do winning most raffles I enter. Well, luck was with me on Saturday and I won a nice swag bag from yelp, including a $50 AMEX Gift Card! w00T! So yes, it was an awesome weekend and great event. Since yelp was so nice and donating this bag to podcampnyc 2.0 I will be writing up an review.