PodCamp UK 2007 has now come to a close and what a wonderful, entertaining, enlightening and eventful gathering it was. Around 80-90 people turning up for two fantastic days of learning, sharing, networking and socializing in the open and informal atmosphere of the Birmingham New Technology Institute.
Friendships were formed, old ties renewed, food, wine, beer and superb music were liberally served and the UK new media community showed yet again its tremendous energy and enormous enthusiasm for creating, learning about and growing the global and local new media community.
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported. We love you guys! You are the creative hub around which our event revolved. Your passion and dedication as media makers and content creators is amazing; your drive towards constantly improving what you do is inspiring; PodCamp UK was your event. YOU are the maIn reason it happened at all. Thank you.
We'll be collating the various media from the event together over the next week or so and we'll post the links here as and when we can. If you have media you'd like to contribute, please use the tag podcampuk when posting it so that it will be easier for us to find. Thanks...
To Neil, Oliver, Merlinda and Aamar, the truly top notch team at the NTI we offer our collective thanks and a warm round of (virtual) applause. You could not have done a better job. The treatment we got was first class. The NTI was the true home of our PodCamp. From all of us to all of you, thank you.
To the band Esteban, DJ's Tim Baker and Brian Greene, thanks for giving us a party night to remember with great music and good vibes.
We also raise our virtual glasses to Mr Jeff Pulver for buying such a gigantic round of drinks! Even though you didn't attend Jeff, we'd like you to know that your generosity contributed greatly to the happiness of a lot of people and incidentally a few mild headaches on Sunday morning! :)
To the staff at the Aston Business Conference Centre which was virtually taken over for 2 days by PodCamp UK; many thanks. Great hotel and really helpful staff
To our sponsors Cheeze, Digital Central, Wells Park, Podcast Nation, Blogtv (who streamed the event) Bliptv, Techsmith, Pod3.tv, BTPodshow and Node 10. You asked for little and gave a lot in return. We send you our warmest regards and we offer our sincere appreciation. PodCamps are only FREE to attend because guys like you understand the power of community and the creativity of the grassroots. Thanks for paying our bills!
To our fellow PodCamp people across the globe, we wish your events the same warm glow and the same energizing spirit we found in Birmingham this past weekend.
It only remains for us to say "Podcamp UK you were awesome!" Thank you and for now at least, goodnight!" :)
We had some great times, conversations flowed and new friendships built, tune in tonight via webcam and audio mic input (flashmeeting) at 8pm GMT to chat with others from the weekend. If you can make it please drop by and say hello. We have a two hour slot to talk about how to improve for the next one (right?!) what you got from it and what to do next year. (http://fm-openlearn.open.ac.uk/fm/080ed4-787) (replay at same link!)
You can find all some photos from the weekend that craig took (the dude with all the awesome gear!) at the entrance. Hope you'll twitter about the flashmeeting chat tonight. I personally want to thank john for his hard work with the setup of event and the sponsors, for without them it would not have happened. Please email all the sponsors to thank them personally if you can (even if just one line) (http//www.flickr.com/photos/clanlife)
Any of your videos you want to have hosted for free i can put them on the http://podcampuk.blip.tv feed so everyone can get to them if you like, or tell me where the video is hosted and i will grab them and add them to the feed (with your permission of course)
Well, that was PodCampUK. Two days of packed, self-administered entertainment, enthusiasm, learning, sharing, debate, microphones, cameras, suggestions and ideas.
Thanks all the people without whom the event wouldn't have happened - to the volunteers, in particular, John Buckley, Phil Campbell, Linda Mills, Simon Toon, and Mark Crook; to the sponsors for their financial and moral support; to all the staff at the NTI who made the entire thing a really pleasant experience; and many, many thanks to all the people who came and took part and made the sessions the exciting, rewarding and dynamic places they turned out to be. Well done all.
Those of you who missed the live streams, and/or who want to collect goodies from our new media archive, check back for links to podcasts and recordings.