Perth PodCamp 07 – Straight From The Cerebral Hard Drive

As promised, here’s a roundup of last weekend’s “PodCamp Community Unconference” from the perspective of a non-Geek.

Why “unconference”? Probably partly to emphasise the informal nature of proceedings and partly out of a slightly precious sense of perversity. This was a Web 2.0 gathering, remember. And Web 2.0 is synonymous with community, where centralisation of organisation is minimised and power is really disseminated amongst the community (eg: Wikipedia). Web 2.0 might just be the purest form of democracy ever realised in practice. Continue reading Perth PodCamp 07 – Straight From The Cerebral Hard Drive

Podcamp Perth 07 – Initial Impressions of a Bewildered Non-geek

So I attended Australia’s first PodCamp Community Unconference on the weekend just past. As the name of the event suggests, this was basically a Geek-fest.

Events like these are commonplace in the States, apparently. As usual, Australia has been a bit slow off the mark. Then two silicon-heads from the Hunter Valley linked up and decided to do something about it. An Australia-wide cyber-conversation was initiated; Perth showed most interest and when Microsoft, Virgin Blue and others stepped in as sponsors, last weekend’s PodCamp Perth 07 at Central TAFE was the end result. Continue reading Podcamp Perth 07 – Initial Impressions of a Bewildered Non-geek

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