Earlier in the year Terry Smith of Society for Technical Communication – Carolina interviewed me for an article about unconferences. I recorded the audio of our conversation, blogged it, and podcast it. [MP3] The impetus for the story was PodcasterCon 2006. First the story was published in their local newsletter [PDF]. Now I learn from Terry that the STC TransAlpine chapter in Europe republished it in their newsletter. (Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Italy) Very cool to see this info about unconferences spreading around the world! Also the local STC Carolina chapter is going to hold their own unconference.
A note to everyone coming to PodcasterCon: Do you need a ride from the airport or train station? Would you like to share a hotel room? Could you give a fellow podcaster a ride?
If so please go to the entry Ride and Room Share on the PodcasterCon Blog and leave your contact info with your needs or time you can help.
I hope we can organize a room/ride share board. Also I’m working on other transportation options for our out of town guests.
Reserved Hotel Rooms
We have a block of rooms reserved at a local hotel for PodcasterCon. I sent an email to all the people whoâ€™ve registered – as of Nov.23, 2005 – and checked they need help finding a place to stay. If you havnâ€™t registered please do. REGISTER FOR PODCASTERCON HERE. Here is the hotel info:
Hampton Inn Chapel Hill
1740 Fordham Blvd.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The rooms are available for $79 a night. Donâ€™t forget to mention our group name – PodcasterCon – when making a reservation. They claim to have WiFi. 🙂
The hotel is about 3 miles from the event site. We plan on picking up a group from the hotel the morning of the event and taking people back to the hotel later in the day. So please let me know where you end up staying. More info as we get closer to January 7 – PODCASTERCON 2006!
The closest airport to UNC, where weâ€™re having PodcasterCon, is RDU – Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Itâ€™s about 30 minutes drive from UNC. GSO – Piedmont Triad International Airport – is about one hour from UNC. CLT – Charlotte Douglas International Airport – is about three hours from UNC.
There are no quick and cheap public transportation options from RDU to UNC. There is a regional bus. Go to ridetta.org. It could take an hour to get from RDU to UNC, plus a fair amount of confusion if you take the bus.
Check with the hotel you are staying at and see if they offer shuttle service. Any local folks who are willing to pick up people at the airport let us know in the comments.
If anyone needs a ride post your arrival time here, airline, and cell number to hook up with people to share a cab. A cab ride from RDU to UNC will be about $30.
I just finished installing a new wiki for PodcasterCon. All the old information is there from the old one. This wiki uses the MediaWiki software and should be more robust. In case you hadnâ€™t noticed the old wiki was acting up.
Here is the new URL. www.podcastercon.org/share/ Please update your bookmarks, but all the old ones should redirect to the new pages. All the most up-to-date info about PodcasterCon will be posted there. Get ready for more info on how you can add to it before and DURING PodcasterCon2006! (Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.)
PodcasterCon is OPEN in many ways. Here’s a few examples.
- It’s FREE as in free beer. It doesn’t cost money to enter.
- Anyone can attend
- Anyone can propose a session subject
- Everyone can talk to each other, if they care too
- Being there physically is ideal but not required.
- It’ll be documented for future use by all
- English may not be the only language used at the event or for documentation.
- White males aren’t the only people who will attend
Events about social movements like blogging and podcasting should be two way read/write activities. To do otherwise is wrong.
What are some other ways PodcasterCon should be open?