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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Mashup of Conferences? June 24-27 at UMass Amherst

Campus pond
Campus pond by sonicscape2, on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA

Bill Densmore out at UMass has reserved the campus for June 24-27 for a conference.

'A Mashup of Conferences'
We were talking about calling it something like 'A Mashup of Conferences' and inviting lots of people to co-host their conferences there that weekend.

In 2006 he ran Media Giraffe conference on journalism, MGP2006.

TOPICS and GROUPS
I'd already thought of the possibility of having a Podcamp Amherst out there.

He's going to corral the media and education people.

What do you think about getting a bunch of Social Media people to join in?

I'd help in getting multi media/video production people...

Kind of like a pirate ship conference.

In addition to social media, video, podcasting I was also thinking about Etsy crafts people, moped riders, and photographers, like that... a wide range...

Also, it'd be fun to schedule hikes and social events around it too.

LOGISTICS

COSTS
Ballpark cost estimates are:

Meeting rooms: $6K
A/V: $2K

UMASS has tons of free WiFi

LODGING
Dorms would be available too for a very reasonable rate as well as hte Campus Center Hotel.

Campus Center Hotel

FOOD
Food would be available at campus center for people to buy.

TRAVEL
Traveling to UMass

BTW, AMTRAK runs to Amherst

DC - NY - HARTFORD - AMHERST - MONTREAL


LOOKING FOR IDEAS
I'm looking for what your ideas on this might be...

Interested in organizing, sponsoring, streaming?

Leave a comment.

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a full on multi-track DIY Camp to me. I've seen gatherings like this for video pros mixing with web people, etc....you are expanding the palette considerably by adding the creatives from all fields in one place. I'd love to go, sounds like great fun!

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  2. I think its a great idea. And, of course, I'd follow you anywhere. Bring it on!

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  3. Totally down with this idea, would love to present from the social media side of things. Let's talk!

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  4. I love and hate this idea

    I love it because it sounds like a fun event that will draw a ton of cool people and discussions

    I hate it because the bigger the conf, more tracks, I always end up missing something or having a conflict between 2 sessions I REALLY want to go to :)

    I will definitely go to this.

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  5. Yes, please do it. I would come in a heart beat. I live about five minutes from the campus and it would be so great to have an event like that here.

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  6. We'd be interested in such an idea - perhaps something we can help produce video for/from and promote on our TV Mainstream channel.

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  7. Sounds like an idea who's time has come! I would love to check out conferences on SMM, SEO, Podcasting and all the like! Seems like it would be a great networking opportunity especially for people like me in the Boston Area!

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  8. Interested in ATTENDING it all! Sounds fantastic.

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