Laid Off Camp Feb 2012

Laid Off Camp Chandler is Saturday! Laid Off Camp Phoenix has recently undergone an expansion! Because of its success, other cities have started to replicate what was being done in Chandler. With the expansion, you can now find them at Laid Off Camp AZ with your pick of the SW Valley, Chandler or Tucson.

For those who don’t know, Laid Off Camp AZ is an extension of a national effort to help people find work — full-time work, freelance work, volunteer work, or whatever’s next for them.  Like other Laid Off Camp events, this is a locally-based, community-supported effort to offer resources and reassurance to job seekers. Laid Off Camp is very different from the job fairs that jobseekers typically attend.  Twice a year they host an all-day series of seminars and workshops covering a variety of topics designed to help jobseekers make the next step and achieve their goals. In addition to seminars, they offer free services such as resume reviews, free avatar photographs for online use, and lots of volunteers whose sole mission for the day is to help connect attendees with others who can help them find work. The entire day, including breakfast and lunch, is free for all attendees.  All speakers are volunteers, and food and beverages are donated by sponsors.

We want to wish the best of luck to all the attendees of Laid Off Camp Chandler, happening this weekend! We’ve been really excited to watch the changes that have been in the works for Laid Off Camp and want to wish Organizer Susan Baier and all her volunteers an easy day tomorrow. And we have confidence that all the attendees will come away with resources and a renewed sense of hope and community. (If you’re wondering how you can help, click here.)


PS – Keep an eye out – On March 3rd there will also be a follow up workshop for attendees on starting their own businesses.

PodCampAZ 2011

What comes to mind when you hear – PodCampAZ? Did you just assume I’m talking about an event only about Podcasting? If you did then you really need to take another look. We have a free five-year running New Media unconference gem here in the valley. Are you interested in blogs? What about video or social media?  Smart devices? They have all of that covered! Of course podcasting is also on the list in a big way – it is where the Pod in PodCamp comes from.

Impressive, isn’t it?! But wait, this isn’t your average conference. Attendees are encouraged to speak up, participate. That means that you will have the opportunity to not only ask questions but you will also be able to lend your own voice to the discussions and interact with the speakers. Whether you are a veteran, a self starter who needs a shove in the right direction, a total novice or are just curious to find out what exactly all of this new media stuff is all about PodCampAZ has something for you. 

This year PodCampAZ has assembled an amazing list of speakers presenting a wide variety, over 45 in fact, of topics covering every aspect of digital life including; Using Podcasting to Grow Your Business, Deconstructing Embedded Devices, Programming Android Applications, Intro to Digital Book Publishing, Neuromarketology, and Branding not Bragging. Every hour brings a new set of interesting and engaging choices. And since the format is open you can drop in for just a single session, stay all day or mix and match whatever sparks your interest. Check out the full schedule and plan your own new media adventure!

Registration is open now and attendance is free.

PodCampAZ is free, and runs Saturday and Sunday, November 12 – 13, at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe.