Podcamp South Africa to be hosted in Bloemfontein – 19 April 2008

DURING November 2007 I attended the first Podcamp to be hosted in South Africa.

Podcamp Cape Town was a huge success and my greatest wish was for Podcamp to come to Bloemfontein, to the centre of South Africa.

I am proud to be able to announce that Podcamp South Africa will be held in Bloemfontein on 19 April.

A PodCamp is a usually free BarCamp-style community UnConference for new media enthusiasts and professionals, including bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, social networkers and anyone curious about new media.

The first PodCamp was held from 8 to 10 September 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. PodCamps   are now being held worldwide.

PodCamp is not just about podcasting.

If you are interested in blogging, social media, social networking, podcasting, video on the net, if you are a podsafe musician (or want to be), or   just   someone curious about new media, this is an event you cannot afford to miss.

PodcampSA is free to attend and at this stage we are looking for sponsors and people in the new media community to get involved, not only to attend, but to spread the word and lend a hand.

I was asked “why Bloem? Why not Cape Town or Johannesburg?” and my answer has always been, “Why not Bloemfontein?” We may not have the biggest new media community, but I think it is because we are not aware of each other, everybody is busy with their own thing, not knowing that there are others in Bloemfontein that could possibly assist you.

If you want to get involved please visit www.podcampsa.com and register to attend this event. The new design of the website should go live soon!

People or companies who would like to help or sponsor any part of the podcamp, can send an email to nico@clicksa.co.za.

Pangea Day

In 2006 the visionary documentary filmmaker, TED Prize winner and founder of Pangea Day, spoke at the TED conference. At this conference she unveiled her wish to change the world through the power of film.

To find out more about Pangea Day I went to the www.pangeaday.org website and after watching an incredibly well produced trailer. I found the following information.

 

Pangea Day taps the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future. In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that – to help people see themselves in others – through the power of film.

On May 10, 2008 – Pangea Day – sites in Cairo, Dharamsala, Kigali, London, New York City, Ramallah, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv will be video conferenced live to produce a 4-hour program of powerful films, visionary speakers, and uplifting music.

I love the fact that if you have access to a venue where a screening can be arranged on the 10th of May you can submit it to the website and it will be listed. Two venues in SA will be screening the event, but I honestly hope that a venue in Bloemfontein will come forward and give their facilities for this cause. Not only will they be doing their part, but they will get quite a bit of exposure around the world. If you have a screening facility available let me know and I will assist you in setting it up.

Let’s put Bloemfontein on the map and do our part. Visit http://www.pangeaday.org today and watch the short trailer and get involved.

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DIT is tyd vir die groot dag. Almal kan kom, behalwe Chris en Penny – en soos almal weet, is hulle op al wat ’n troue is, so hulle kan joune nie mis nie.

In die verlede kon jy vir hulle die video of DVD ná die troue stuur, maar dit is net nie dieselfde nie. Dit is altyd lekker om iets te sien wanneer dit plaasvind.

Dis reeds moontlik om video’s op die web te laai sodat ander daarna kan kyk, maar daar was nog altyd ’n groter behoefte aan regstreekse video’s.

Vroeër kon jy met R100 000 se hardeware só ’n video op die web laai, maar dit was net te duur.

Nou kan almal dit doen en al wat jy nodig het, is die bandwydte om die video op die web te laai. Ustream.tv het ’n wonderlike nuwe diens wat die wêreld gaan verander. En dit is ongelooflik maklik.

Jy registreer jou gratis vir die diens by www.ustream.tv. Dan prop jy jou webcam of ander videokamera by jou rekenaar in en deur ’n paar stappe te volg begin jy regstreeks uitsaai.

Ek dink die potensiaal van hierdie diens is groot: Troues, prysuitdelings by skole, gradeplegtighede, kongresse of sommer net om vir almal te wys wat jy heeldag aanvang.

Daar is ook baie uitsendings waarna jy kan gaan kyk soos die uitsending van die Gustavus Corpse-blom (Titan Arum) wat nou blom. Dit is een van die grootste blomme en die plant neem 12 tot 14 jaar voordat dit die eerste keer blom.

Jy moet ongelukkig hoëspoed-internet hê om hierdie diens te geniet.

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YOU have heard all about blogging and maybe you have even registered your own blog. You made one or two posts but you lost interest very quickly. When you create a blog it does take a bit of a commitment to keep it up and running.
The guys at Tumblr.com realised this and developed a web log that would probably be exactly what you want. To make a simple analogy: If blogs are journals, tumblelogs are scrapbooks and we all know how popular and fun scrapbooking is.

Tumblelogs are also slightly more structured than blogs and this makes it easier, faster, and more fun to post and share stuff you find or create. Setting up your own Tumblelog will take about 30 seconds. You will receive a verification email and after you click on the link and you have verified your email address you can start immediately. You can then add customise your page and add feeds from various sources.

The idea here is to make short posts, little bits of information, maybe a quote, a photo, a video or just a few sentences. If you have a flickr or youtube account you can set Tumblr to automatically import your photos and videos. I see it as a place to post thoughts and things I like.

There are a number of great tumblelogs available click here for a page with the most popular ones. Remember it is a free service and it won’t cost you a cent to have your own tumblelog so sign-up today and send me the link toyours.

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Justin.tv

 

WAT sou jy alles doen om jou volgende projek aan die wêreld bekend te stel? Ek het die afgelope paar jaar baie snaakse goed op die internet gesien wat mense  doen om, óf bekend te word óf om ’n produk te verkoop, en www.Justin.tv is beslis een van die oorspronklikste pogings wat ek nog gesien het. JustinTV is reeds 32 dae op die lug – of moet ek sê – op die web? Justin, ’n Amerikaner, het besluit dat dit dalk interessant sal wees vir mense om te kan sien wat dit behels om “Justin” te wees.

Vir die volgende paar maande sal jy 24 uur per dag kan sien presies wat Justin aanvang in sy lewe.

Hy het ook drie vriende wat sy dae saam met hom deel.

Vir ’n paar maande het hulle hul huiswerk gedoen oor die nodige tegnologie  om  so  ’n  deurlopende video-uitsending  moontlik  te maak en sover is dit uiters suksesvol.

Dit  maak nie saak waar Justin is nie, die video gaan ononderbroke voort. Jy sien die wêreld vanuit Justin se perspektief.

Die enigste probleem is dat soveel  mense  nou  vir  Justin  wil dophou  dat  daar  nie  altyd  plek  is vir nog iemand om te kyk nie, want hul  webbedieners  kan  net  nie die massas kykers hanteer nie.

Jy kan dalk nou dink dat almal dit seker nou sal wil doen, en jy sou reg wees.

Dinsdag het Justine haar eie kanaal begin en nou kan jy vir 24 uur per dag ook na  JustineTV kyk.

Ek glo nie ’n mens sal vir dae aaneen daarna kan of wil kyk nie, maar dit is werklik die moeite werd om net te gaan loer en te sien wat op die web aan die gebeur is.

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MyVideo.co.za – Share video online (South African)

MYVIDEO.CO.ZA is South Africa’s largest video sharing website. Youtube.com has had enormous success all around the world and I am really excited about this South African version of this popular website.

MyVideo.co.za has, however, brought some new and exciting features to the table in the form of viral marketing. Through this, advertisers can actually advertise on videos which are popular. This is great news for advertisers who want the right platform to increase their brand awareness.

Social networking has been an ever increasing phenomenon around the world and combining this service with a marketing platform, will enable the service to improve considerably. When I visited the website the first time, it was great watching local content online.

You are able to find it on international websites but having it on the front page of a local site just makes it better. You can rate the videos, share it easily with friends and post comments on the website. MyVideo.co.za is based in Cape Town and those involved are in the process of expanding the service and all the features in the near future. I think this website is one to keep an eye on as there are some great new features on the way.

Convert you holiday movies or those funny home movies that you have made in the past to digital format and put it online.

You will be amazed at how much fun it could be to share these moments with the world. Especially now that it is local.