Monday, March 06, 2006

Podcasting 2.0 at SXSW Conference

Podcasting 2.0 will be a panel topic at the 2006 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, TX this coming Saturday, March 11th at 10am.

I noticed that the event was light on the topic of podcasting and asked the organizers if they needed another panelist on the topic of podcasting with myself in mind. As you might imagine, I enjoy talking about the future of podcast listening, content and distribution on the mobile phone.

Hugh from SXSW was kind enough to ask me to setup this whole new panel for the event on the topic of Podcasting 2.0, which may spark a greater discussion about what should be included in 2.0 discussions versus 3.0 enhancements.

Here is a description of the Podcasting 2.0 session:

Hear about what is coming next in the fast growing area of Podcasting 2.0 from some of the leading content creators and pioneers of next-generation podcasting distribution platforms.

Cool trends that will be discussed will be podcast listening and viewing directly on a mobile phone, dynamic program and metadata assembly, audience audio comment feeds, audience listening behavior tracking and the possible future of enhanced podcasts. How podcast listening audiences are changing and growing as topic interest widens? How will major media podcasts versus smaller commercial and non-commercial long-tail podcasters sort out? This panel will also discuss how Mobilcasting is different from Podcasting?

The panelists that I recruited for the panel are might I say terrific. Here they are and it should be a real hoot to be on the stage with these other folks.

- Chris Pirillo, founder and maintainer of, spent two years hosting the TechTV (now known as G4) television program “Call for Help” before parting ways from the company. He also hosted the first annual “Call-for-Help-a-Thon” on TechTV. Every year, Pirillo hosts Gnomedex, a technology conference in Seattle made for geeks. He has authored three books: Poor Richard's Email Publishing, Online! The Book (with John C. Dvorak), and Lockergnome's Computer Tips Compendium. He writes a monthly column for CPU Magazine (Sandhills Publishing), and hosts a live Internet broadcast aptly titled The Chris Pirillo Show.

- Laura Swisher, Co-host of “Weezy and the Swish” podcast, former G4 / Tech TV personality and is also a host of the SXSW Web Awards.

- Eric Rice, Co-Founder of, KSSX and Eric Rice Show. He is one of the world’s leading experts in consumer generated media, particularly in podcasting and videoblogging. As co-founder of, Rice’s goal is to bring solid tools to enable everyone to create personalized or business media. As chief evangelist for, Rice travels around the country to explain the values and simplicity of podcasting and videoblogging to the masses.

- Rob Greenlee is Sr. Marketing Manager for Seattle-based that is the maker of the Mobilcast software platform that enables the streaming and downloading of Podcasts directly to mobile phones. Rob is also a long-time host, producer and founder of the 7 year-old online radio program WebTalk Radio, where he has interviewed hundreds of Internet thought leaders, researchers, executives, authors, bloggers and technology journalists over the past few years. WebTalk was formerly a nationally syndicated terrestrial broadcast radio show and is now affiliated with the Network. WebTalk Radio was the first broadcast radio program in the world to begin podcasting.

For many early years, the broadcast radio show was named WebTalkGuys Radio and was heard on CNET Radio and XM Satellite Radio. He is also the host of WebTalk with Rob Greenlee series at

I will be posting to this blog while I am in Austin and will give you a complete run down on the topics that fell inside of 2.0 and others that will be pushed off to 3.0.

Rob Greenlee

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