Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Podstock's Senior Moment

I know I've talked about Podstock before, I mean we have had this conference for the past 4(?) years always in Old Town in Wichita - WE LOVE IT THERE!

I hear you thinking....

"So what is Podstock? It's a tech integration conference. But it's more than a conference. It's conversation. It's family."

It's a bunch of cool folks getting together to learn more about how to improve education. Podstock is about creativity, about inspiration, about what’s good for kids. And we'll use whatever it takes - technology, PBL, gaming, online tools . . . we'll try anything as long as it helps kids learn. And we want YOU to be a part of it.

Every year we have a theme based on a different decade, last year was the 50's and centered around a diner-ish theme. This year it's the 80's, yep dude, totally the bombdigity. Our sub-theme will be senior year. You know, with the prom, homecoming, picture day, class rings and of course, GRADUATION! Woot, legit for sure. Although not all our presenters, and definitely not all our attendees were seniors in the 80's, we have been collecting senior pictures from all the different decades. See them on the Podstock facebook page.

I had a lot of fun designing the tshirt and we've all had fun wearing our "nerd" glasses around the office.

And it always brings back memories when listening to the music of the day. I am also working on a staff "concert" type shirt, that is proving to be a little more challenging since I want a bazillion colors on it....I am not good at the minimalistic type design.

Our conference book this year is going to be a year book type design, I've been working feverishly to gather all the "stuff" to put in inside, it's still pretty rough but here is a sneak peek.

Something we've not had before is a preconference, this year we are adding that to the mix, it's an iPad precon, we've held a few of them here in the office and they always hit capacity.
Our keynote is Brad Flickinger we presented last year at Podstock2011 and everyone loved him. You can watch his teaser and get a good taste of what will be in store for this year.

One of the most amazing things about Podstock is that it's not your ordinary sit and get conference. It's like at camp, where everyone brings a can of something and you dump it all together and have a very tasty blend. A melding of ideas, seasoned with whackiness and simmered until you get a stew pot full new techniques and usually a side of different software solutions. Wow, suddenly I'm hungry for vegetable soup......

So, if this sounds at all like something you'd like to participate in, check out the link for more information or better yet, load up the leg warmers and get your Cyndi Lauper look on and get to the Hotel at Old Town, in Wichita July 18-20, 2012.

In the mean time, enjoy a little bit of Cyndi right here.

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