WE ARE LOOKING at joining 99 other people in Kilkenny (that's Kilkenny Castle at left) for the second running of Podcamp Ireland on Saturday 27 September and it already looks like this unconference will be one of the largest social networking events of 2008 in Ireland. With attendees coming from the States and England, we will certainly have a range of diversity and energy on tap in Hotel Kilkenny. Unlike last year, I want to immerse myself in sessions and not run around dragging cables or introducing people to new friends. So my day with Podcamp Ireland will be a success if four things happen.
I use the iLike Radio Player. Brian Greene is bringing this clever technology to Kilkenny to demonstrate how a Play Station Portable can be a handheld internet media tuner. I am lusting for such a device, having recently used a Sonos bridge to satisfy my personal audio habits throughout my house.
I watch James Hogan make five riveting reports on our Seesmic channel. We have a Seesmic room set up at Podcamp Ireland--an actual room in the hotel--and we plan to invite people to use the room to make comments to threads that will unfurl on Seesmic.
I watch Tipperary Institute students snap panoramic images for Photosynth. We plan to use Photosynth for some creative multimedia projects in Tipperary Institute. The Kilkenny subject material will set in motion a series of pans that will be part of a photography exhibition in the halls of Tipperary Institute and some work may also feature in a public display in another county.
Discussing "reasons to subscribe" in a virtual session. I plan to lead a conversation in the Rose Hill Room with people who tell me why they follow people on Twitter, subscribe to certain podcasts, or regularly read specific blogs. In addition to the people in the room, six other people will be in an Online Meeting Room, contributing to the conversation. A few of those guests have interesting perspectives to share.
Now it's off to pack for Kilkenny.
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