Thursday, June 7, 2007

The When & Where!



I went to Birmingham yesterday, to view the facilities at the New Technology Institute (NTI) for PodCampUK in September. After a quick tour, I sat down for a chat with Neil Emery - one of the people in charge of running the place...

Neil has a background in music - he used to run a recording studio. Now he's working for the NTI and (amongst other things) teaches kids how to use new-media tools. He also has a genuine passion for podcasting and puts together the Saturday night Glee Club comedy podcast. He intuitively gets the ethos of a PodCamp event.

I'm delighted to announce that on the basis of our discussions, PodCampUK is now pencilled into the NTI diary for Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd, 2007.

The NTI is a purpose-built Apple Accredited Training Centre right in the heart of Birmingham city centre. It's a great venue for PodCampUK; with a beautiful open-plan layout and plenty of light and air. It's technically well equipped with lots of computer access points, giant plasma screens in all the main rooms, plus plenty of breakout space, and a brilliant Mezzanine layout which will be perfect for hosting impromptu group discussions.

The main seminar room can be laid out as one large space, or split into two separate areas. There are two additional 'boardroom' environments and several smaller meeting rooms. There's also a dedicated IT space which can be set-up for blogging on the day. It's close to three railway stations; there are good parking facilities near-by an it's ours for two days in the first week of September! So, sign-up on the wiki and get involved in making PodCampUK an outstanding and memorable weekend for everyone. It's your event now and with your help, ideas and input, we can make PodCampUK a really special event for everyone!

See you at the New Technology Institute for PodcampUK in September... ;)

8 comments:

Phil "dm" Campbell said...

Excellent! - i'm so there! :)

podcastpaul said...

Looking forward to coming along - pleased to see it's happening in God's own city too, I'm sure He'll be well chuffed.

Grant said...

OK - if I wangle the money and the time-off from childcare to make it along, can anyone recommend a nearby place to stay that wont break the bank ?

Phil "dm" Campbell said...

i've got a german dude want to come as well for definate.

dfox said...

Grant. Endeavoring to negotiate a rate for a hotel with the venue. Currently its around £65 for the night. Including breakfast.

Grant said...

Thanks DFox.

podcastpaul said...

there are loads of places to stay in Brum - if folks stay on the Hagley Road, about a mile or two out of Brum city, it can cost as little as £40.

The good old travel lodge will do rooms for folks too on a family basis if folks don't mind sharing.

Sizemore said...

Great. I lived and worked in Brum for a year or so and it'll be nice to go back for the weekend.