Showing posts with label unconference. Show all posts
Showing posts with label unconference. Show all posts

Saturday, March 31, 2018

1 week until PodCamp Western Mass 10 - Apr 7

I am part of the organizing committee for the social media learning and sharing event. If you would like additional details, feel free to reach out and ask. This is where I go to learn what is or isn't working in the social media world.

Tickets are $45 today, $50 tomorrow, or $15 for students. Holyoke is only a 90 minute drive!

Welcome to PodCamp - image by Seth Kaye Photography

PodCamp Western Mass #10

April 7, 2018
Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College
April 2018

PodCamp WesternMass #10 is a week away...

And in case you've been wondering whether PodCamp is for you, here are 5 Reasons why you should join us:
  1. If you're an absolute beginner (or nearly so), we have sessions for you. It's an unconference for everyone, at every stage of the game. 
  2. If you have experience or tips to share, your bringing that to the community is what fuels PodCamp. Help facilitate a session or just schmooze in the hallways. It's all valuable.
  3. Meet others who are on the path with you - running a business, starting a new one, doing community work, or just learning how to get the word out better. We're all in this together!
  4. Hang out and make friends. Seriously! This is an event that has the super-power of attracting the nicest people. We don't know quite why....we just know it's true.
  5. Did we mention the food? Your ticket price includes coffee in the morning, a delicious healthy lunch and happy hour snacks at our 4:30 gathering at Slainte. So, no need to pack a lunch, just grab your laptop, a smart phone, tablet or a pad of paper.  
Your ticket price includes:
  • Coffee and tea when you arrive
  • 5 Classroom sessions of your choosing
  • A fabulous, healthy lunch, including gluten-free & dairy-free options
  • Networking happy hour with munchies
If you already bought your ticket, we can't wait to see you! And because sharing is caring, please forward this to a friend or colleague who should be there with you!

Get your tickets here.

If you have any questions, just hit reply. We'd love to hear from you!

See you soon,
The PodCamp Organizing Team

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Easthampton, MA 01027

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Final Prep for Job Search Jam Sessions

Friday is almost here. Have you registered for Job Search Jam Sessions? If you are looking for work, or know someone who is, this is the event to participate in. This will be your time to find out what others know, get your questions answered from those who can answer them, and get to network with others to build your listing of valuable connections.

How should I prepare?
Come to the event prepared to share something you have learned along the way. Come prepared for learn. Come prepared to network (bring business cards).

How should I dress?
Dress as you would for any other networking event, business casual or business comfortable. You still want to make a good first impression but a suit or tux is not required.

What does the facility look like?
Check out the brief video of the facility recorded during May 2010:

What will the schedule be?
Check out the overall schedule here:

When do the doors open?
The registration/welcome desk will be open at 8:30 AM.
You can check in, pay at the door (if you elected to do that), and make a name tag.

Beginning at 9:00 AM (or thereabouts) we'll provide an overview of an unconference using the open space technology.

If you want to read up on the unconference format, you can find info here
and here: scroll down the page to view the section on how to "host a podcamp"

What is the registration fee being used for?
1 - We intentionally don't want to make money, we are all looking for work and recognize that funds are tight.
2 - We did want to charge something to ensure a reasonable headcount for planning purposes.

Hence, the $8 charge seems reasonable and allows us to plan a good event and to make a contribution to the church for the use of the facility.

Your registration fee ($8.00) paid via Eventbrite nets the organizing team approx. $6.50 (Eventbrite has a charge for processing the credit card).

From the $6.50 times however many people show up, we will plan for refreshments, lunch and will purchase accordingly.

All surplus funds will be donated to the St John the Evangelist Parish. The church has graciously allowed us use of the facility for free. A full accounting of the receipts and expenses will be provided to the attendees.

You can still talk about the event with your friends, neighbors and networked connections. Registrations will be taken at the door on Friday. You can share the event website

or have them go directly to the registration page

Thank you. See you soon!

The Job Search Jam Sessions organizing committee

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Free Geek Providence invites you to Community Camp (Apr 23, 2011)

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You are invited to the following event:
Community Camp

Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM (ET)

RISD Auditorium
17 Canal Street
Providence, RI 02903
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If you are conducting a job search, there are four scholarships (free passes) available to attend this camp. Details on how to qualify can be found here:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Attention: knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, dyers, and anyone curious about fiber crafts

For the fiber crafters amongst us, a good event this weekend at MIT.
FiberCamp Boston is a PodCamp like community un-conference for fiber craft enthusiasts including knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, dyers, and anyone curious about fiber crafts. Fibercamp is based on the fact that everyone has something to share and teach. Connect with the community by sharing your passion.
More about FiberCamp on their website

You can register via Eventbrite here

The FiberCamp blog with information from last year's event can be found here

Franklin, MA

Monday, September 20, 2010

Take this poster, please!

The poster for the upcoming Job Search Jam Sessions 2. This will be held in Hopkinton, MA on October 1. This is an unconference for the unemployed and under-employed.

Job Search Jam Session 2 - Poster

Yes, please download, printout and post this in as many friendly places as you can find to help spread the word.

The Organizing Team thanks you!

Those who attend will thank you!

Register here to take part:

Register for Job Search Jam Sessions 2 in Hopkinton, MA  on Eventbrite

Monday, August 30, 2010

Podcamp Boston 5 – September 25 & 26, 2010

Are you ready for the future?

Are you new to new media like blogging, podcasting, Twitter, Facebook, and wondering where to get started?
Are you a veteran of all things 2.0 and wondering what to learn next to propel you into future success?

PodCamp Boston, now in its 5th year, aims to help you answer these questions and many more. On September 25-26, 2010 at the facility of Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, PodCamp Boston will bring together the best and the brightest - including you - for two days of learning, sharing, and growing your social media skills.

Who should attend PodCamp Boston?
You. It doesn't matter where you are on your social media journey, whether you just starting Tweeting yesterday or whether you're one of the decade-long bloggers. It doesn't matter whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 50, a director of a non-profit, or a guy who likes to knit on the air. What does matter is that you are an expert in something. You have questions AND answers, and PodCamp Boston is the best opportunity to contribute and learn all at once.

What will you learn at PodCamp Boston?
PodCamp is driven by what YOU want to learn and share. Twitter? Sure. Facebook? Of course. Blogging? Definitely. Podcasting? By the bucket. Last year we introduced a way to have more conversations and less presenting with discussions.  This year we want to continue that success and give you the opportunity to learn about the things that would help YOU.

More important, we want you, as you register, to consider leading a session in which you pose a burning question that you absolutely must get the answer to. Maybe you need to know how to figure out the ROI of Facebook. Maybe you need to learn how to make great Internet video. Whatever your burning question is, we want you to ask it at PodCamp.

Take a look at some of the planned topics:
  • Clearing the Hurdles - on pitching social media marketing initiatives 
  • Blogging 100/101/102 
  • Preparing for the future - What tips, techniques, tactics, and ideas can we share for preparing for the future? 
  • Monitoring, Management & the Promise of Social CRM 
  • Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare... It's Taking Over Our Lives! 
  • Social Media for Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing
Ready to get started?
PodCamp Boston 5 is a mere $50 to participate, but we guarantee you'll get so much more. Not only will you benefit but the net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank feeding some very hungry kids in the Boston area.  Register today, as we've only got a little over a hundred spots left, and they're going wicked fast.

Register now for PodCamp Boston »
After you've registered, share this with your network and invite them to come to PodCamp Boston with you!

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We'll see you there!

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Franklin, MA

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Job Search Jam Sessions - May 14

“This is an ‘unconference’ for the unemployed and underemployed,” says Steve Sherlock, lead organizer. “The event’s organizers and session facilitators all have experience dealing with the challenges of layoffs and unemployment, and they are enthusiastic about sharing what they’ve learned in a peer-to-peer setting.”

“Job Search Jam Sessions participants will share experiences and ideas with their peers, make potentially valuable new contacts and refine their job search skills. And at the end of the day they’ll return home more confident and motivated to pursue new opportunities.”

The Job Search Jam Sessions will feature both seminar-like sessions and informal opportunities to network in small groups. There will be sessions devoted to job interviews and the use of social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.  The agenda will be adapted to reflect the needs and interests of participants.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Gov 2.0 Camp - great discussions started

Gov 2.0 Camp was held at the Sorenstein Center at Harvard on Saturday, March 6th. In an unconference format, it brought together a diverse group of folks all interested in improving government.

As part of the unconference, each attendee introduced themselves and provided three words. Someone was quick enough to capture all the three words and produced the following Wordle:

Wordle: Gov 2.0 Camp New England (#gov20ne)

Note: if you click on the image, it will take you to the original and a larger version

My three words were: conversation, content, community.

More about the Gov 2.0 event can be found on the wiki page here

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Can't go? Watch on the web!

What is Government 2.0?

Government 2.0 Camp New England is an unconference about using social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more effective, efficient and collaborative government.

Who should attend the Gov 2.0 Camp New England?

Anyone interested in improving government through social media and Web 2.0 technology should attend, including government employees, elected officials, students, researchers, and citizens of all types. The purpose of the conference is to share innovative projects and brainstorm new ideas.

Watch Gov 2.0 Camp New England live:

PS - I will be attending and will report back during the day, if connections are available, or at least a recap after.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Are you looking for work?

Do you know someone looking for work?

You are not alone. With unemployment at 13% in RI and 9.3% in MA, there are lots of folks out of work and looking.

There is a heavy population of those 40+ looking for work. There is also a significant number of recent college graduates out looking for work.

In the course of my own job search effort, one thing became evident: the power of we. Who you know is as important as what you know. By talking with each other, sharing our experiences, sharing what has worked or didn't work. By networking with each, sharing our connections, who knows who, we can help each other get a better connection to the next position.

With as many resumes being submitted for each job posting, the pile for the hiring manager is overwhelming. How do you get out of the pile? Your network!

A core group my connections who understand the "power of we" are working hard to put together the LaidOff Camp. The camp will facilitate the best practices of the job search effort. In one afternoon, over the course of four hours, you'll be able to participate in a session to help your own individual job search effort. Sessions on networking, using LinkedIn, interview tips, a practice interview session and others are being planned for this event.

This is a non-profit effort. The $10 charge will simply allow us to cover the facility fee and provide some refreshments during the afternoon.

For this small dollar cost, you will walk away with more knowledge, more connections and hopefully more confidence in taking the next step in your job search effort.

You should visit the LaidOff Camp website to register.

You should tell whomever you know that is looking for work about this event.

We are in this together and the 'power of we' can help us to success!

A sample of recent posts to the LaidOff Camp website:

This was originally posted on Steve's 2 Cents

Thursday, October 15, 2009

NewBCamp - Saturday - October 17th


Date: October 17th, 2009

Time: 9am to 3pm


New England Institute of Technology, Student Union
2840 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02888

Cost: FREE (Donation of $10+ is helpful)

Registration is available here

Note: This link will bring you to the page with more information on the event and the link to register.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

LaidOff Camp Attleboro/Providence registration now open

You can register for LaidOff Camp Attleboro/Providence via the Eventbrite link below.

Your cost - $10.

Why $10? The small charge covers the facility fee and provide for some refreshments during the afternoon.


Additional information on the event will be posted on the LaidOff Camp blog here

Note: I am leading a small team of volunteers to put this event together.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hold the date - Nov 7th for LaidOff Camp

I am leading a team to bring the unconference peer-to-peer learning format to the unemployed. Hold the date, Saturday Nov 7th, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Who should attend?

  • Are you unemployed 
  • Are you exploring entrepreneurial activities 
  • Are you currently employed and willing to help

If you answered yes to any one of these, then the LaidOff Camp is for you.

The peer-to-peer learning format of the unconference will

  • facilitate sharing the tips and tricks we have all learned while looking for work 
  • provide additional networking opportunities 
  • empower the unemployed to take the next step in their job search with more knowledge and confidence

Additional details and the registration process will be available by the end of this week.