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Podcamp Australia?

It was shortly after the hugely successful Perth BarCamp that someone noticed podcamp.info. This appeared to be an attempt to start a similar style of unconference event in Australia.

Being the happy and enthusiastic crowd we are here in Perth – and still hyped up from recent BarCamp – Perth peeps got behind the vote to send BarCamp to Perth, sending our fair city rocketing into the lead.

There are some things about the site that are a bit odd, however – information on the people behind the event is a bit hard to find. Gary Barber did some research and has some suspicions as to whether the location poll was genuine or just a publicity stunt because it was assumed that Sydney would win.

I’m open-minded, and probably optimistic to a fault, so I’m waiting to hear something from the organisers. The home page lists “Other Upcoming Newmedia Events” and of the five that are currently listed, four are based in Perth!

What do you guys think? Is Podcamp Australia for real?

3 Comments

  1. I don’t think it matters if it is real or not – they have done some free market research for us, so if it all falls through, we can still put an event on locally. Win-win really.

  2. Considering these guys are from Newcastle there maybe an element of them feeling like outsiders with the Sydney crew, hence the EOI.

    But Myles is right the free market research is invaluable. I can see a podcamp in Perth in the near future…

  3. I am pretty confident it is for real… :-D

    I get tired of driving to and from Sydney for events, I would much rather take a nice plane trip somewhere that is too far to drive, and enjoy a few days somewhere I haven’t been before. Considering this and the fact that the Perth new media community is incredible…. I might have to change my vote.