I was very impressed with this event that I only found out about 2 days prior thanks to my wonderful friend Katie Middendorf of StudioNow. Bar Camp is a digital festival/conference that landed in Nashville at the Exit/In yesterday. The event started at noon with a full schedule of presentations lasting til 10p, at which time the stage was given to Tommy and the Whalers and then Aaron Winters. The point was to bring together members of Nashville's music, technology, marketing and design communities in an effort to promote education, innovation and collaboration. If you have any interests in new media, design, online marketing, technology etc. you would have enjoyed this event. It reminded me of an event Leadership Music puts together once a year with the same purpose all centered around digital music called Digital Summit. I was lucky enough to sneak away from work to see the first three speakers and because I was the most interested in the first couple of topics. Plus, I got a goody bag! : ) First, Chris Houchens from Shotgun Concepts talked about Social Media and Blogs in Corporate Marketing. Bryce Wells from Athlon Sports then discussed the traditional publisher's Audio and Video Podcasting experience. Up next was keynote speaker Mitch Joel's SIX PIXELS OF SEPARATION: The New World Of New Marketing presentation which was very thought provoking and entertaining with all the clips that were shown. My favorites were - Ask A Ninja: Special Delivery 1 "What is Podcasting?"
and then closed with the phenomenon of the Free Hugs Campaign.
Check out barcampnashville.com for more info and see you there next year!