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5 days until Mediacamp, Nottingham's first barcamp for creative media March 27

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard all about MediacampNottingham II, the participant led conference to share, discuss and debate the latest issues in digital media.  Here’s a background to Mediacamp and what it’s all about, and last week’s post on what a barcamp is, a video about the event and speakers confirmed.

The final week has seen an amazing rush of new attendees and speakers added to the bill – there’s only three tickets and one speaker session left so sign up quickly – all tickets are free. Join 60 of the best minds and innovators in digital media.

Creative Nottingham are delighted to be the official media sponsors of the event – and in typical social media style this doesn’t involve marquee tents and canapes but does involve reporting live from the event with regular session reviews, audio and video interviews with attendees and live blogging. It’s quite an experiment for us too to see how we can use team effort and free online tools to create a live record of an event so come with us on the journey by logging on to our site on Saturday 27th for live updates from 9.30am-6pm.  There will also be live streaming of the main hall and attendee interviews in Lace Market House’s new broadband TV studio run by Phil Campbell.

New sessions announced:

Jason Jarrett www.abuddhistpodcast.com – Will enlighten us on podcasting, audioboo and audio audiences.  I hear Jason is quite a legend in the podcasting space, so this should be a real treat. Tune in, zen out…
Zoe Godfrey & TreforWalters – www.communicology.co.uk – Communicology: Understanding meaninglessness in a very meaningful world.
Iain Simons – www.gamecity.org The Director of Nottingham’s landmark games festival talks about a ‘very public beta’, five years of growing and evolving Gamecity
Phil Campbell – www.me.dm – Using Posterous to reach multiple distribution targets. We’ll be taking notes to develop the CreativeNottingham Community site which is made using Posterous.
Francine Pickering – www.clarity-in-communication.com – Social media and marketing – before you zone out read Francine’s overview
Helen Whitehead – www.kidsonthenet.com – Hypertext haiku fun to delight your inner child – a look at Kids on the Net and the creative writing that young people have produced for the web over the past 12 years.
Alec McPhedran – www.skillschannel.tv – pitching, techniques for promoting your idea using examples from crossplatform pitching.
Farhana Shaikh, Mel Gordon and Tony Walkerwww.amplifiedleicester.com – open discussion on the Amplified Leicester project, a citywide social media experiment
David Hayward www.pixel-lab.co.uk – Games Are Evil. I Love Them. David is one of the most eloquent and engaging speakers on games I know, and I think this session will be a treat.

Here’s the full agenda – drop in to the session at 11am with myself, Camilla and Dennis from the CreativeNottingham team, we’ll be discussing the website and our future plans and want your input.

I defy anyone not to find something immensely interesting to attend during the day – this is a top-notch day of presentations and discussion to rival many of the top conferences.  And I do hope someone bags the final speaker slot at 4pm. Go on, it’s not like being polite and leaving the last slice of cake- seize the opportunity to talk, research and discuss your ideas with your peers.

Closing music performance: I Hate Mornings

What I loved about the first Mediacamp was the superb theatre performance that closed the show.  The event’s founder Caron Jane Lyon is a former theatre production manager and she knows how to put on a great show (which means the event is also incredibly welcoming and well organised). This year is no exception with a show at 5pm by Ben Walker (@ihatemornings on Twitter), a digital wondering minstral, composer and performer of the phenomenal viral classic “You’re no one if your not on Twitter“.

There will also be a creche (book in first) for your little loved ones run by TickTock for the late afternoon, and a bloggers creche for the bigger loved ones to power up, plug in and talk about shiny gadgets.  You’ll probably find a CreativeNottingham blogger here throughout the day writing and uploading stuff to the site so please come and say hi if you’re a reader of the site.

There will also now be a free lunch for those who have signed up to attend in advance provided by Hungry Pumpkin, another nice synergy as they’re a local cafe who’ve been actively growing their business through promoting delicious offers online on Twitter.

See you there on Saturday there, or see you online here.  Please add LOTS of comments to join in the action.
You can comment using the hashtag #MCN2, and follow event announcements at MediacampNottingham on Twitter.

And if you haven’t already had your fix of social media, there’s another superb social media event this week – Nottingham Twestival – an international charity tweet-up in aid of Age Concern, Thursday 25th March, 7.30pm, Bunkers Hill.  Tickets are £5 and there are  great auction prizes to be won from BMI Baby and others.