Podcast Academy Curriculum

Here’s the preliminary updated curriculum for the Podcast Academy on Thursday, November 10, in Ontario, California:

8:00-8:30   Registration
8:30-8:45   Introduction (Doug Kaye)
8:45-9:30   Podcasting from Mobile Devices (Josh Bancroft)
9:30-10:15   Recording Skype and Phone Calls (TBD)
10:15-10:30   break
10:30-11:15   Editing and Mixing on PCs and Macs (TBD)
11:15-12:00   Studio Geek-Out (instructors explain their setups)
12:00-1:00   lunch
1:00-1:30   Buidling a Podcast Network (Todd Cochrane)
1:30-2:00   Michael Geohagen
2:00-2:30   How to Get Noticed (The Wizards of Technology, Marc and Bill)
2:30-2:45   break
2:45-3:15   Business Roundtable (Todd, Michael, Marc, Bill and Tim Bourquin)
3:15-4:15   Recording Live Events (Doug Kaye)
4:15-5:00   Ask the Exports (all instructors)

Registration is still open: Only $50 for the whole day, including refreshments and a box lunch.

IT Conversations News: October 10, 2005

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New Programs Last Week

Listed in increasing order of listener rating.

  • Ramesh Jain – Experiential Computing (2.3) Most applications on the web today remain in thrall to the legacy of the written word: There remains a sense that everything on the web is really a document. Ramesh Jain believes that the new emphasis on ‘where’ is a first step to a radical change in perception which will lead to events becoming the most important aspect of what he calls Computing 3.0.
  • David Gee (3.0) On Biotech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. David Gee, Commercial Director, MNL Pharma, Ltd., about how simple sugars might yield a therapeutic effect in the fight against everything from diabetes to cancer.
  • Flame, Blame, Shame – BlogHer 2005 (3.0) Blogs are conversations, and like all discussions, sometimes the talk gets ugly. This panel discussion brings together mobile technology blogger mobile jones, computer science professor Ellen Spertus and journalist, novelist and blogger Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez with moderator Liza Sabater to discuss flames and how to deal with them.
  • Peter Boatwright (3.1) Moira Gunn also interviews Peter Boatwright, professor, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, and the author of "The Design of Things to Come — How Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Products."
  • Paula Le Dieu – Emerging Massive Media (3.3) The broadcasting media are competing with their audiences for attention. Every user is a potential broadcaster and content creator. Users are no longer watching content passively but are actively reusing and remixing content to fulfill their creative endeavors. Paula Le Dieu speaks on how the BBC is digitizing and making its archived content available online so that users can reuse, remix and share it under the creative commons license.
  • Jonathan Schwartz at OSCON 2005 (3.4) Sun Microsystems’ COO Jonathan Schwartz is no stranger to controversy. At OSCON2005 we hear him answer some tough questions. Pulling no punches, he speaks about the value of free software being the answer to future and safe innovation and evolution.
  • Ann Winblad and Laura Merling (3.5) Mora also speaks with Ann Winblad, co-founding partner of Hummer-Winblad Venture Partners and Laura Merling, CEO of SDForum. They discuss the global reality of both funding new software and then building it. Is it surprising? All roads lead to Silicon Valley.
  • Tara Lemmey – National Security in the Information Age (3.7) In the post-9/11 world, security is a hot topic, and there’s no doubt that information technology has a significant role to play in security today. But exactly how does IT fit into security and how do we temper the need for security with the preservation of personal privacy? Tara Lemmey of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age discusses how a group of top analysts imagine what security in the information age could look like.
  • Brian Capouch – Asterisk Open-Source VoIP PBX (4.1) Asterisk is the open source Voice-over-IP solution that everyone’s talking about, and at OSCON Scott Mace talked to Brian Capouch, the author of the forthcoming Addison-Wesley book about Asterisk. Capouch discusses why Asterisk is spreading like wildfire, has hooks for video and presence extensions and why Skype is "evil incarnate."

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

This week’s IT Conversations/O’Reilly Pick of the Week is a great program from our archives:

  • Alistair Cockburn – Agile Software Development (3.8) This week’s pick is from last year: In 2001 Alistair and 16 other software- development heavyweights met to discuss lightweight methodologies, resulting in the Agile Software Development Manifesto. In this interview with Doug Kaye, Alistair explains how he uses games as a model for software projects, and how he discovered that "software engineering" was created on a whim. He also discusses the American and European aversion to copying: the not-invented-here (NIH) syndrome.

Pop!Tech in Three Flavors

In less than two weeks we’ll be bringing you the free, live audio stream from Pop!Tech 2005 at the Camden, Maine, opera house. If you can’t listen in at that time, we’ll of course bring you all of the sessions (as we always do) at the rate of about one per week. That’s about 33 sessions and 33 weeks, so we should be done by about…July 1, 2006.

But if you can’t listen to the live stream, or if you can’t wait until July to hear everything that Pop!Tech has to offer, we’ve got a terrific offer for you.

Through our new QuickCastâ„¢ service you will be able to download the recordings from Pop!Tech 2005 approximately 2-3 weeks after the event (estimated: October 10, 2005) for the following fees:

  • Individual Sessions: $5.00 each
  • All sessions: $100.00

The proceeds are shared with the producers of Pop!Tech. Our portion is used to help pay some of the costs we incur in bringing you IT Conversations. It’s a good cause, don’t you think?

Announcing the Podcast Academy

We have lots of details yet to work out, but as part of our new not-for-profit project, we’ll be launching the Podcast Academy at the Portable Media Expo and Podcasting Conference in November. Most of the Podcast Academy’s activities will be online, but we’re taking advantage of this most-important podcasting event of the year to conduct a full day of face-to-face training.

The conference starts officially on Friday, November 11, but if you show up one day early on November 10th, you’ll learn tips, techniques, strategies and tactics from some of the world’s experts in podcasting. The full curriculum and list of instructors will be announced shortly. The cost of attending the all-day Podcast Academy is $50 per person, and includes refreshments and a box lunch. Attendance is limited to the first 100 people who register.

This first in-person session from the Podcast Academy will be held in conjunction with the Podcast and Portable Media Expo, November 11 & 12 in Ontario, California. The Podcast Academy’s all-day curriculum will be held the day before the Expo on Thursday. November 10th at the Ontario Marriott (across the street from the Convention Center). The Podcast Academy is a not-for-profit project of IT Conversations. This event is underwritten by IT Conversations and the producers of the Portable Media Expo and Podcasting Conference.

Update: The curriculum is not yet full, so if there’s a topic you’d like us to cover or an intructor you think we should invite, please let me know.

IT Conversations News: October 2, 2005

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News and Housekeeping

  • Accelerating Change 2005 QuickCast: This was supposed to be the day that we delivered the QuickCast editions from the Accelerating Change 2005 conference. You may recall that QuickCast is an experiemnt in which you can download all of the recordings from a conference for a fee rather than wait for us to publishing them for free at the rate of one session per week. As I said, it’s an experiment, and we’ve had a few bumps along the way. First, we didn’t have all our permissions lined up in advance, so that put us on hold for a few days. Then we discovered that although we tried to plan ahead, we didn’t really have the post-production capacity to crank out 25 programs in a hurry in addition to our usual daily publishing, which is already at the rate of about 12 shows per week since we’re in the midst of conference season. It looks like it will be about another week before we have all the sessions from Accelerating Change 2005 ready for the QuickCast download, at which time you’ll be able to get the entire set for $24.99. The money will go to good purposes: Half will go to the non-profit Acceleration Studies Foundation, producers of the event, and the other half will go to pay some of our own infrastructure expenses. Use the link below to be notified immediately when the AC2005 QuickCast is available.

Upcoming Events

  • EuroOSCON. O’Reilly Media’s EuroOSCON is 17-20 October in Amsterdam, and through our contacts there, we’ve arranged for a 25% discount. Go to the URL below and use the code "euos05itc."
  • Pop!Tech 2005. And our most popular of all events from last year, Pop!Tech, will be held again this year in Camden, Maine, October 16-19. Talk about rubbing elbows with some of the most influential people on the planet — this is the place to be.
  • Podcast and Portable Media Expo: This is turning out to be *the* major podcasting event of the year, and I along with many members of Team ITC will be there. I’ll be delivering a session on "Audio Production at IT Conversations" at 10:30am on Friday morning. We’ll also have a small booth in the exhibit hall, and we’ll be announcing some major new plans (some of which you’ve heard me discuss) during the event. November 11-12, Ontario, California. See you there!

New Programs Last Week

Listed in increasing order of listener rating.

  • Anne Thomas Manes – The Advent of Superplatforms (2.6) In this keynote speech at Burton Group’s 2005 Catalyst Conference, Anne Thomas Manes lays out the issues to consider when dealing with the rise of network- application platforms packed with features and functionality. More functions sounds good, right? Well, Anne looks at the benefits but also points out negative implications like vendor lock-in and high barriers to entry for new developers.
  • Amit Sachdev (3.0) On Biotech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Amit Sachdev, the Executive VP for Health BIO, They talk about proposals for increased measures to ensure safety *after* a drug has been approved.
  • Jeremy Zawodny – Open Source at Yahoo! (3.0) Jeremy talks about open source software scales at Yahoo!, and specifically how Yahoo! leverages open source software to scale its system. Yahoo! recently acquired Konfabulator and Flickr, and Zawodny explains how Yahoo! is changing internally to become a Web 2.0 company.
  • Ernie Allen – Reuniting Families After Katrina (3.3) Larry Magid interviews Ernie Allen, President and CEO of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The Center’s usual mandate is to help find abducted or exploited children, but has now become involved in reuniting families separated by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Natalie Jeremijenko – Social Robotics, Smocial Robotics! (3.3) Open-source robot dogs, rescued from eBay and reworked, to investigate environmental contamination. A robotic goose lets people interact with wild geese on their turf. Natalie Jeremijenko investigates how robots can be used to change the ways humans participate with the environment and the natural world in this entertaining session. From ETech 2005.
  • David Temkin – Laszlo Systems (3.3) Before AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) had a name, there was Laszlo Systems, a software tools developer using AJAX-like methods along with with Macromedia’s Flash Player to deliver richer Web experiences. In this conversation with Laszlo founder/CTO David Temkin, learn why he chose the Flash Player as a platform and why Laszlo went open source choosing IBM’s Common Public License. What is planned for Laszlo Mail and Laszlo Calendar and how he plans to leverage rich client environments other than Flash Player.
  • Attention – Supernova 2005 (3.5) In a world where information overload is common, attention is a very scarce resource and there is an increasing need to manage it efficiently. In this panel discussion, Steve Gillmor, Glenn Reid, Dorée Duncan Seligmann, David Sifry and Linda Stone talk about the problem of coping with more information than one can handle and the possible solutions.
  • Dave Passmore – Converged Devices, Nets, Apps and Orgs (3.8) Convergence is one of the great buzzwords of our time, ususally referring to the connection between voice and data. But there’s a whole lot more to convergence, accoring to Burton Group Research Director David Passmore. Learn about five areas of convergence that will affect most enterprises in the next several years and how to prepare for the future of networking.
  • Brad Matsen (4.0) Moira Gunn also interviews Brad Matsen, National Geographic producer and author of "Descent — The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss."
  • Graham Hawkes (4.5) And Moira speaks with Graham Hawkes, an engineer and explorer, the solo ocean dive record holder, and president of Hawkes Ocean Technologies. They talk about his quest to drive a submersible to the very bottom of the ocean, some seven miles down, as well as the very different experience of his underwater flight school.

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

This week’s IT Conversations/O’Reilly Pick of the Week is a great program from our archives:

  • Bob Metcalfe on Memory Lane (3.5) Halley Suitt sat down with Bob Metcalfe to learn more about his early days at MIT, wiring up the ARPAnet when it was only 14 nodes old, Harvard, Xerox PARC, inventing Ethernet, founding 3Com, up to the present day and his work at Polaris Venture Partners as a VC.