Podcamp People

Happy 2015!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. From festive dinners to unwrapping gifts by the Christmas tree, we cherish those moments with our loved ones and families. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and special memories. Now, we start the new year with a clean slate. Out with the old, in with the new!

With 2014 behind us, we look forward to the new year with the hopes and dreams of new adventures that lie ahead. I am not one to make New Year’s Resolutions. I’m more of a “go-with-the-flow” type of person, seeing what the new year offers.

One thing I look forward to at the beginning of every new year is an annual event called Podcamp Halifax.

Now you’re wondering, what is Podcamp Halifax?

Podcamp Halifax is a free event where like-minded individuals share experiences and learn new ideas revolving around the Internet. It’s an open discussion forum. Anyone can host a talk/lecture called sessions. Anybody can add to the conversation. No one is an expert. This event is all about discovery.

Whether you’re a web designer, artist, animator, photographer, or a blogger, topics at Podcamp vary: web comics, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest), online video, etc. The topics reflect the current trends on the Web. There is a little something for everyone.

In its seventh year, Podcamp Halifax keeps getting bigger and bigger. Although the event is free, you need to reserve a ticket because space is limited. Previously held at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, this year’s event takes place at the new Halifax Central Library.

After attending Podcamp for the last four years, I have found the event to be very valuable. The atmosphere is casual. I spend the whole day exploring and immersing myself in different sessions. I have learned a lot of things about the Web that I hadn’t experienced. There are so many things to try, so much knowledge to learn. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other creative people.

During a previous Podcamp session, I learned more on using Twitter effectively. There was also a discussion about the usage of Google+ as a great teaching tool. Also, I attended a lecture about new techniques in web comics.

So there you have it! Podcamp Halifax is an exciting event in the dead of winter. I look forward to it every year! If you’re so inclined, you can make it a part of next year’s New Year’s Resolutions! But you need to be quick. Tickets are gone within minutes!

For more information on Podcamp Halifax, go to: http://www.podcamphalifax.org .

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