Attendees at the #PAB2011 conference in Ottawa

For the second year in a row, I had the pleasure to attend the Podcasters Across Borders (PAB) Conference in Ottawa. Also known as the ultimate un-conference, PAB brings the podcasting community together year after year, with attendees flying in from all over Canada and the United Sates. While the majority of attendees are active and influential podcasters, PAB encourages anyone with a creative mind to participate in the weekend long event.

This year marked the 6th year anniversary of PAB. Co-founded by Mark Blevis and Bob Goyetche, PAB calls Ottawa home with the National Arts Centre acting as its location of choice. Held in the NAC’s Fourth Stage, PAB immediately provides its attendees with an un-conventional vibe, and a quaint feeling for their constant appetite of inspiration and creativity. Therein, lies the secret for quality content creation. The conference also offers a distinctive presentation format to its participants providing a mix of 40 minute presentations on content creation, followed by five minute jolts given by tenured podcasters. While this format is a welcome alternative to large type conferences, it is the topics and the people themselves that highlight the event.

Nowadays, it seems like most conferences are getting bigger and bigger, offering topics that have already been debated and dissected a million times over. PAB on the other hand, offers the exact opposite. It is a smaller audience (about 80 attendees), held in a small theatre, and has the goal and purpose of providing a lineup that inspires it’s audience to think outside the box. This is why, in my opinion, PAB is a jewel that is yet to be discovered.

If you are looking for a community that is passionate about content creation, technology and authenticity, then PAB is for you. Twenty-five people have already registered for #PAB2012, I strongly encourage you to do the same.



Comment from Mark
June 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Thanks for the amazing comments, Vince. It was great to see you this weekend and rewarding to know the conference has such an impact.

While I’m expecting we’ll get to see each other in the coming weeks for a coffee to catch up, I hope we’ll see you at PAB2012!

Comment from Vince
June 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Thanks Mark! I’m most certainly in for next year. I’m up for coffee anytime this week, but will be on my summer vacay starting Friday. Let me know when and where!

Comment from Mare
June 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Vincent: Agreed. 2010 was my first PAB, and it’s always inspirational and I always take away new ideas that are directly applicable to my work, creative pursuits, and career.

Comment from Connie Crosby
June 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Great to meet you, Vincent! Thank you for the write-up. I got a lot out of the weekend; it is still spinning around in my head. I look forward to seeing you again next year.


Comment from Vince
June 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Thanks Mare, thanks Connie! I’d also add that PAB is not so cut and dry like other conferences. We not only learn from the presentations but learn from each other at all times…even on the boat cruise! A true community.

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