Swiped shamelessly from Podcasting News:
Tim Bourquin, founder and CEO of TNC New Media, producers of Podcast & Portable Media Expo, sends word that he expects this year's expo to be bigger and better than last year's inaugural Podcasting Expo.
"Last year, many people were still asking what podcasting was," said Bourquin. "This year, everyone wants to know how they can get involved."
The conference, which was named Expo Magazine's Best New Show winner 2006, will take place September 29-30 at the Ontario Convention Center (above) in Ontario, California. It will feature exhibits and conference sessions aimed at both corporate and individual podcasters.
"About half of the show's attendees will be independent podcasters," Bourquin said. "The other half will be from the corporate side who produce podcasts for their own company or for clients."
Registration numbers so far for the 2006 Podcast & Portable Media Expo are at 3,000 attendees and 85 exhibitors, up from slightly more than 2,000 attendees and 60 exhibitors last year. In addition, two of the three "official" hotels of the Podcast & Portable Media Expo are already sold out. The third is nearly full.
More content, more conferences
"For listeners and viewers, the challenge is finding the content they want from all of the choices available," Bourquin said. "For podcasters and other content creators, the challenge is to stand out in an increasingly crowded space."
To help meet that challenge, Podcast & Portable Media Expo 2006 will offer an expanded range of conference sessions to accommodate the ever-growing and increasingly specialized podcasting market.
Areas covered will include:
• Corporate Podcasting
• Video Podcasting
• Media Partnerships
• Marketing and Communications
• Subscription Business Models
• Advertising and Sponsorship Models
• Product Placement Models
• Distribution and Syndication
• Licensing and Digital Rights
The show floor at the 2006 Podcast & Portable Media Expo will feature a broad range of both well-established and new, trend-setting companies. Expo sponsors include PodcastReady, Podango.com and Audible’s Wordcast.
Exhibitors include audio equipment manufacturers Sony, Shure, Samson and Marantz; software makers Adobe, Rogue Amoeba, TechSmith and Podcast Station; and RSS distribution and management company FeedBurner, among others. Microsoft and AMD will be sponsoring a blogger lounge.
Limelight Networks is the Official Content Delivery Network. GigaVox is the Official Conference Audio Provider. Media Partners include The Mac Observer, iPod Observer, Videomaker Magazine and iProng.com.
Yay yay yay!!! I will so be mooching off of everyone else's laptops so I can blog live from the expo! Oh geez and crap I need to get a mic for my portable recorder. (yeah, think I'll be the only one there who thought of THAT? LMAO! Let's play "how many iRivers can you fit in one room" kids!)
This will be one great weekend.