July 2, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA … Twitterers, bloggers, and podcasters, rejoice. Registration is now open for PodCamp Pittsburgh 4. On October 10th and 11th, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh will welcome hundreds of social media users, from the beginner, to the carpal-tunnel stricken experts.
PodCamp Pittsburgh started out as an UnConference for a very specialized group of techies – podcasters – but has grown over the past four years to include sessions aimed at helping all sorts of groups–teachers, nonprofits, corporations, job hunters– harness the power of social media.
“We have seen a surge of interest in social media this year — not just blogs and podcasts but Twitter, Facebook, and other forms,” said Cynthia Closkey, one of the main organizers of the event. “We’re making sure that PodCamp reflects this growing interest and the social media needs of the Pittsburgh community.”
The event itself is part of an international movement, with PodCamps being held everywhere from Ohio to South Africa. There are a lose set of rules that govern Podcamps, and all Podcamps depend on volunteers to organize, fund, and execute each UnConference.
“In each of the previous PodCamps we’ve seen people return, talking about what they learned last time and how they’ve used it,” noted Closkey. “They become part of Pittsburgh’s vibrant social media scene. It’s amazing to watch PodCamp grow every year, and we expect this to be our biggest year yet.”
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