Podcasters Across Borders Conference This WeekendJun 20th, 2008 | By Elisabeth Lewin | Category: Citizen Media, Podcasting, Podcasting Events
Podcast creators, podsafe musicians, and friends and families of new media mavens will be gathering this weekend at the third annual Podcasters Across Borders conference in Kingston, Ontario. Participants and presenters are coming from Canada, the United States, and from as far away as Argentina.
What’s new about this year’s event? The organizers say that this year’s offering
“[is] all about bringing it to the next level. Sure, podcasting is about creating compelling audio or video, but it’s so much more. It’s about building and engaging communities, using social media dynamics, and honing the skills we use in all aspects of our online presence.”
PAB is unique among podcast/new media conferences, in that it is not strictly free to attend, like previous PodCamps have been. But, unlike commercial or “monetization”-focused podcast conventions, PAB charges a modest ($125 CDN) registration fee, and plows all the proceeds back into the conference. The organizers maintain that PAB “first and foremost [is] a community event. There are no vendor tables, no ‘How do I monetize my podcast?’ sessions. PAB is about people.”
The conference features a single track that all participants can attend. Today’s (Friday’s) sessions included a workshop on video production, the “science” of social media, and LD Podcast’s Whitney Hoffman talking about the importance of creating community among your viewers, readers and listeners. The conference runs through Sunday, June 22.
We hope that Podcasters Across Borders attendees will let us know what they’ve been seeing and doing, leaving us notes in the comments, below. Readers can also find out more about PAB 2008 by searching online for the tag PAB2008.