Concluding Evaluation of 3rd Camp

The drive and enthusiasm from each and every contributor on the PodCamp Boston team was as authentic as it was crucial. Sponsoring companies found themselves lost within the merriment of learning, and the fountains of social media were as exploited as they were blessed by rich learning and the future contributions of participants of PCB. Additionally, a new perspective wafted through PodCamp Boston 3, one that was actually quite abnormal for such a mass gathering of learners, yet very enlightening. Perhaps this viewpoint (which will be discussed in detail later), was precisely why PCB attendees started calling this ‘school away from school’ an “unconvention”.

Event organizers could not have been more pleased with the physical dynamics of the convention. Typically, planners of such large gatherings are happy enough to meet the required number of registrants, and to have a decent turn-out on game day. Because the inventors of the PodCamp concept flipped the tables of traditional learning conglomerations from the get-go (who ever thought of giving children and stay-at-home moms the unique opportunity to receive pro-bono tips from international technology wizards?), it was not surprising that said inventors experienced the unique opportunity of watching attendees take the conference into their own hands.

Having selected the prestigious Harvard Medical School as the venue of inspiration (and one that could accommodate overflowing rosters), all PCB participants were privileged to enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and an environment extremely conducive to innovative thinking. In fact, the team that Harvard supplied for the major event support was without exception brilliant. The chief planning team from PodCast Boston offered continual gratitude and hold the Harvard staff in high esteem to this day.

Especially conducive to radical and innovational thinking was the physical layout of the facilities Harvard provided as the event locale. As previously mentioned, for event attendees the conference quickly became their own. This was due in a large part to the fact that ample seating was made available within the informal common areas. Naturally, when great thinkers get together, they are able to do so and collaborate in virtually any circumstances. But when you throw in some comfortable accommodations, more gather and the discourse thickens as contributors feel more “at-home” and focus in.

Such a situation produced the very strange perspective alluded to at the beginning of this chronicle: organizers and presenters alike noticed something odd going on at PCB, and were pleasantly surprised to learn that because of the Harvard facilities, conference-goers started abandoning the sessions that were originally the mainstay of PCB.

Very soon, presenters realized that the increasing number of empty chairs signified something actually incredibly positive: people were prioritizing the opportunity to create new “innovation bubbles” with one another (many having only met just then), over attending a standardized lecture. This is what is meant when it was mentioned that attendees made the conference their own. What rich opportunities were being continuously unfolded for the “uninitiated” in technology!

The heroes of tech effectively swooped out of the world wide web to share their powers with those not previously blessed to be doused in the radioactive chemicals of super-geniusity. And though said heroes could typically and easily live on silicon pedestals on the far-flung west coast, the reason that PCB found brilliant success again and again was simply because these techy-celebs were not so proud that they did not want equally as much to learn from all others around them. Perhaps this is just an assumption, but what else could cause the atmosphere of PodCamp Boston to be electric and rich with learning? Otherwise, it would have been nothing more than an autograph (or motherboard) signing!