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Entries in conference (11)


Nantucket Conference

I'm on the ferry to the Nantucket Conference. There seems to be free wifi on the ferry!

The Nantucket Conference is a small entrepreneurship and technology conference. I'm looking forward to a lot of great conversation and networking this weekend.


Talkers New Media

I'm in New York City today to attend the Talkers Magazine New Media Seminar. I'm looking forward to hanging with our friends from teh talk industry, particularly the Talk Radio News Service folks.

In a few weeks I'm going to be presenting at the McVay Media Summit@The Conclave in Minneapolis as one of the "Hot Ideas in Radio".

I look forward to seeing you there.


NAB, Done - On to Silicon Valley

Foneshow had a great response at NAB. We launched our tool for local TV and radio stations to break news quickly to mobile. The whole team did great. My panel was fun, we had a good conversation, and I met some great people. We called in some friends of Foneshow to help cover booth hours. Liza totally rocked everything, we could not have done it without her.

I'm at the McCarran airport now headed to SJC. I'll spend the weekend hanging out with friends and family in the bay area. On Tuesday and Wednesday I'll be at Dow Jones Wireless Innovations 2008 (presenting on Wednesday).

After I get in to the bay area I'll post some photos from NAB and write more about Foneshow Breaking News.


Setting Up at Radio Ink Convergence


Online News Association Conference

I'm on a panel at the Online News Association Conference up in Toronto this week. I went to their politics conference in Madison, Wisconsin last spring, I made a lot of interesting contacts and had a great time. I'm really looking forward to Toronto; meeting people and talking about new ways for people to communicate. Apparently the conference is sold out, but if you are going, please come to my Future of Publishing panel


Upcoming Conferences

September 28-30 Podcast Expo in Ontario, California (Just attending)

October 17-19 Online News Association in Toronto, Ontario (the real one in Canada, not the one in LA), (Erik is on a panel)

October 26-28, Podcamp Boston 2 (We'll certainly do a session, we may sponsor)

October 29-November 1, Fall-VON, Boston


This Week

On Thursday night I'll be in NY at the PaidContent Mixer.

On Friday I'll be at the Talkers Conference New Media Seminar.

On Saturday we'll be demo-ing at a table at the talkers conference in the atrium of the Embassy Suites Battery Park. Come on by and say hello.


2008 Election

The Foneshow team spent a good chunk of time last week at conferences talking with customers for our political activism and campaign products. We saw a lot of people talking about the role video (YouTube et. al.) will play in the 2008 election cycle. My position leans towards concern. I suspect their will be an enormous number of "unauthorized" campaign commercials released. We have already seen a number of these types of ads (the Hilary "1984 ad", the Edwards "I Feel Pretty" ad, lots of videos of Giuliani in drag, there was a nasty one about McCain which I can't find now).

I believe that understanding provenance of a political advertisement is key. You need to understand the agenda of the people creating the ad to learn something from it. I suspect what will happen is there is going to be lots of noise and video will get lots of press, but in the end it will be a wash and online video will not play a significant role in who gets elected. I fear it could get so ugly as to turn people off of the process and keep them away from the polls.

While the video people may make all the noise in the 2008 election, I think we mobile people have more power to actually influence the outcome on election day. We can coordinate getting people to the polls. We can do micro-broadcasts to campaign workers on breaking issues. Our groups product can coordinate large remote teams of volunteers in the field in real time. We may even be able to use our interactive features in getting people registered to vote. Hopefully we can get more people better informed and participating.

At the end of the day, YouTube is another broadcast channel. Mobile is a communication channel. I believe politics in this country needs more communication and less broadcasting.


Erik is in Wisconsin

I'm in Madison at the Online News Association regional conference today meeting political stratgists and the people who cover them.

I'll be in New York City tomorrow.

FWIW, this is our 100th blog posting.


Podcamp NYC

Podcamp NYC is coming up April 7th at the New School in New York City. Foneshow's public debut was four months ago at Podcamp in San Francisco and the great response and feedback we got from the community there has shaped the product we now have. We've got the conference poster in the sidebar.

Podcamp is an unconference. For those unfamiliar with the format here's a definition from Wikipedia:

An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of organizers, in advance. To date, the term is primarily in use in the geek community. Unconference processes like Open Space Technology, however, have been around for over 20 years in other contexts.

Open Space Technology is an energizing and emergent way to organize an agenda for a conference. Those coming to the event can post on a wiki ahead of time topics they want to present about or hope others will present about. The wiki can also be used to share who is coming because it is the attendees who have a passion to share that contribute to the event and will make it great.

We're really excited to have in intense few days meeting with the podcasting community. We plan on presenting again and are really excited to show off our progress in the last four months.

I believe they've reached the capacity of the conference facility so there's a waiting list if you want to attend.


Beyond Broadcast 2007

I'm going to be down in Cambridge next Saturday for Beyond Broadcast conference.

From the conference description:

"For 50 years broadcast media have played a powerful role in shaping political culture and mediating citizen engagement in the democratic process. Now a participatory culture is putting the tools of media creation and critique in the hands of citizens themselves. We invite you to MIT—to explore the means, the message, and the meaning of the post-midterm, pre-presidential YouTube moment."

We're hard at work on the Foneshow platform creating tools for political candidates to communicate with the people and people to communicate with candidates. We're excited to see what others are thinking and get their feedback on what we're doing. If you're going to be there track me down.

Just as an example of what we're talking about.

Get "Barack Obama Podcast" on your cell phone!

Just enter your cell phone number here

The only bummer is Podcamp Toronto is the same weekend and I can't be two places at once.