Excitement over 4th Camp

It was simply to be expected that after several years of success, the ever-changing Podcamp Boston structure was ready to roll out an entirely new plan in the way event goers participated and educated others. More a community than ever, attendees of PCB should not have been surprised of the lack of typical lecture type sessions at the “unconference” held at the University of Massachusetts Boston Harborside campus.

Blurred and abandoned were the lines between teacher and taught. At this event, more businesses across the spectrum of speciality and size were participating, with the sole intent of learning how new media could benefit them. Thus, it became a team effort for faithful Podcampers to share what they had been so richly blessed to learn in past years.

It should not be forgotten, however, that this was never a setting of “technological elitism”, as that would instantly have crushed the spirit of PCB that so nurtured learning and networking. Participating with an open mind was a must, for while the theme of Podcamp Boston was ever upon developing and creating wider access to media, said media would have ultimately failed without connections and roots in business. All attendees would have been wise to pay careful attention and to have asked many questions of their peers, who could offer them invaluable fiscal and economic advice (even the programmer needs to eat!)

If an analogy were to be made about the “fellowshipping” that occurred at PCB, it could be of a bunch of friends gathered around a campfire. While the techies controlled the fire, which sparkled and warmed and impressed, the business owners controlled the tinder and logs, the fuel that also relied on the fire to get people to gather near unto it. Around this very hypothetical fire were business owners and techies of all levels, and the novices looked on in rapt amazement, for they sometimes were frightened at the prospect of either getting burned, or having their fire go out. It was up to the more experienced of both parties to provide encouragement and bolster confidences. It was also up to the experienced to pay attention to any new ideas “newbies” had to offer that may have provided better solutions to age old problems (lighter fluid, for one).

And out of the flames of this imaginary fire (properly managed and fueled) came the newest advances in media and the sharing of said media. As the fire of technological advancement grew, more people were drawn to it, and more people benefitted from its warmth and light at PodCamp Boston.