Saturday, March 01, 2008

NewBCamp08 Summary


NewBCamp08 Summary, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Last Saturday.
Already a week ago!
My how time flies when you are having fun.

The inaugural NewBCamp was held at Johnson & Wales College down in Providence, RI. Put together with the inspiration and leadership from Sara Streeter it was a success. 70 foks from a variety of backgrounds came together to learn and discuss.

The top left photo shows the group during the opening session where Sara outlined the format and logistics for the day. The group then passed around a microphone to enable each person to provide a Twitter-like intro for themselves and what they hoped to get from the day.

The top right photo is from Chris Penn's session. As much of Chris that I have read, I had not previously seen his presentation. It was good to see finally. Chris did a good job of tying together some themes and technologies in a common sense manner. Yes, you could see some heads nodding in the room as he made his points. You could also see a lot of interaction. Cameras, laptops, and of course, laughter, that wonderful human aspect associated with good times!

The bottom left photo shows Matthew Ebel, self acclaimed piano rocker making a point. His session talked about audio quality. Start with some basic preparations and the quality of audio will be present in your podcast. He got to demonstrate some of his piano and vocal skills at the after party with a set of about 90 minutes of original music. A great way to end the day!

The bottom right photo shows Sara Streeter making a point in one unique session that was actually brought back due to popular demand. The session was speed mentoring. Kind of based upon the speed dating concept, you got to spend a few minutes with someone one-on-one. Instead of trying to figure out if you would be a good match on a date, you got to ask a question from someone who claimed expertise in that specific area; blogging, social media, podcasting, etc. I missed the first session but caught the second and was part of a discussion on how to use new media. The Q&A was enough to inspire me to start developing a session of my own for the next NewBCamp.

Yes, there will be another NewBCamp. Time remains TBD.

Keep your eyes and ears open for info (actually go to the site and set up your RSS Reader or join the group to obtain any notifications).

Of course, you can just pay attention to this feed and as I find out, I'll let you know.