podcamp boston

by Hugh

Sort of a strange podcamp boston. I wasn’t crazy about many of the sessions, too much focus on marketing etc (not that there’s anything wrong with that, just not my bag; marketing is important, but I’d like to see more people talking about exciting things they are doing with podcasting & new media); I gave a presentation that didn’t go very well … or at least took a while to get going. It was a very small crowd – should have ditched the slides…

But I did meet some cool people … and I didn’t get much of a chance to talk with many of them:

  • Brian Conley of the amazing (and in great need of financial support) Alive in Baghdad.
    Alive in Baghdad employs Iraqi journalists to produce video packages each week about a variety of topics on daily life in Iraq. Through the work of a team of Americans and Iraqi correspondents on the ground, Alive in Baghdad shows the conflict through the voices of Iraqis. Alive in Baghdad brings testimonies from individual Iraqis, footage of daily life in Iraq, and short news segments from Iraq to you.

    This project pretty much defines what’s important about the new media revolution.

  • Heather Gorringe of Wiggly Wigglers, a really wonderful podcast about farming, organic stuff, food, etc out of the UK.
  • Kabren Levinson of NerdNewsRadio …a teen who’s been podcasting for two years, since he was 15.

I also had a good time riffing with the usual canpod suspects, Neil Toaster Gorman, meeting Anita of LibriVox (a bunch of us had a great dinner on Sat night); and meeting and hanging out with Fred the founder of Select Records, (one of) the first hip hop label in the world (and publisher of the Jerky Boys), who’s sweating bullets over non-paying mp3 downloads.