Hoffman driving force behind decision to bring Podcamp East to Wilmington

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Podcamp East is coming to Delaware, thanks in part to one of the area’s social media pioneers. “We would not be looking at having PodcampEast in Wilmington, Delaware if it were not for Whitney Hoffman,” said Kent Grant, a leading figure in Delaware’s social media community.

Whitney Hoffman,

Hoffman is Executive Director of the Podcamp Foundation and proposed holding the event in Wilmington, citing its location, its strong social media community and access to Amtrak.

The event will be held at the Delaware Technical and Community College Wilmington Campus, Sept. 28-30, with more than 300 expected to be in attendance.

The first Podcamp was held in Boston in 2006.

“The idea was to create a bar camp style event for people podcasting and video casting online,” Hoffman said. Hoffman started out doing podcasts (audio posted on the Internet)

“As other technologies came into play, the camp broadened its scope.

“Podcamp was really the first conference to embrace all of this digital stuff under one roof in a community-centric way, where the speakers were local folks, and the emphasis was on having a conversation, sharing and learning from each other, rather than a “sage on the stage” format, since everyone wasT equal and exploring these tools just as they were coming online,” Hoffman said.

Podcamps had since been held throughout the world and continue to use a format that allows anyone who registers to be a presenter in small group settings.

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