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Drexel University to Host the “Unconference” PodCamp Philly for Industry Veterans and Novices

PHILADELPHIA, September 5, 2007

Social media, podcasting, blogging and videocasting have revolutionized the Internet and become part of popular culture. As Philadelphia’s technological leader, Drexel University will host PodCamp Philly, an “unconference” for new media veterans and novices from Sept. 7 to 9. The PodCamp will promote the use of new media to television, newspapers, radio, businesses, educators and individuals. Podcamp is free for podcasters and listeners, bloggers and readers, and anyone interested in new media. It was held for the first time in September 2006 in Boston and has since been held in New York, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Munich, Atlanta, San Antonio and Stockholm. It’s an “unconference” in the sense that participants are also experts and anyone who is interested can present ideas, thoughts and best practices. Drexel chemistry professor Jean-Claude Bradley, who hosts chemistry podcasts and blogs for his students, will lead a session on the unlimited possibilities of using the virtual world “Second Life” in higher education. Drexel has bought an island on Second Life and Bradley is one of the first Drexel professors to incorporate the virtual community in his curriculum. Other sessions will focus on how bloggers and podcasters can turn their blogs into books, how bloggers can benefit a newspaper’s online presence, search engine optimization and audio editing. Podcamp will also feature media luminaries such as C.C. Chapman, vice president of new marketing for crayon, LLC. Lead organizer for the Philadelphia event Whitney Hoffman said “PodCamp Philly will provide a venue to discover how people can better communicate through new media.” For more information about PodCamp Philly, visit www.podcampphilly.com. ### News Media Contacts: Niki Gianakaris, Assistant Director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu Whitney S. Hoffman, PodCamp Philly 302-562-6507 or whitney@podcampphilly.com