First off, if no one has done this yet: WELCOME TO PHILADELPHIA!
If you are not from this area, you may have heard that this is the City of Brotherly Love, and Sisterly Affection. This week the love for all things podcasting has finally arrived in the form of the Podcast Movement Community!
We are excited that you have made the sacrifice and effort to join us. Thank you! A lot is happening over the next few days as you can imagine. We will send an email each morning as a reminder of some of the exciting stuff happening on that particular day (and also posting it on the News section of our website).
Our goal is to do our best to keep you in the loop! Let’s start with a few basics for today:
How do I find Podcast Movement from the lobby of the Marriott?
If you are standing at the hotel check-in looking at the Circ Bar & Lounge, look to your left and you will see escalators. Follow the signs and escalators up to the 5th floor, home of all of the events for Monday, July 23. Note: The hallway to the left of the Circ Bar & Lounge has elevators that you can also take to get to the 5th floor of the banquet space.
A few quick notes about things we know you’ll want to know:
WIFI (Sponsored by Cadence 13)
Network: Connect with Cadence 13
Food & Drink
While there are no official meals served at PM18 any day, check out some of the day’s events below that feature free food and drinks! Also, make sure to check out our Travel Page for two different guides to the best eats around town!
The morning and early afternoon activities at PM18 do not require your badges, yet. You’ll pick them up starting at 3pm, as noted below, and will need badges for everything after!
As always, you can access today’s most up-to-date schedule via the PM18 app. Here are a few events that you will want to keep on your radar.
- PMx Competition (Sponsored by Cypress Resources) – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Grand C/D
See your fellow PM18 attendees compete for a speaking spot at PM19, and learn a thing or two as well!
- New Attendee Orientation (Sponsored by Castos)
This is a must if it is your first time to Podcast Movement. You have 2 sessions to choose from:
- 9:00 am to 11:00 am in Grand A/B
- 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Grand A/B
- Women’s Networking Event (Sponsored by Castos) – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Grand A/B
Meet some great podcasters, and kick off PM18 the right way!
- New Podcaster Primer (Sponsored by Castos) – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Grand A/B
If you are new to podcasting overall, this session will help to prepare you for the “drinking from the firehose” of information that is about to happen over the next few days.
- Early Check-In & Networking Event (Sponsored by Cabana) – 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Grand Ballroom
Pick up your badge early, take part in some light organized networking, catch some closeup magic, and enjoy live music from one of Philly’s best acoustic duos!
- Ignite Podcast Movement (Sponsored by Veritone One) – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Grand C/D
One of the most fun pre-con events each year is Ignite! Enjoy free drinks (for the first 100 people), and a series of quick and fun podcast related presentations from your fellow attendees. You’ll laugh…you’ll cry….you’ll have a great time!
- Welcome Party (Sponsored by Triton Digital) – 9:00 pm to 11:59 pm in Grand Ballroom
The big kickoff this year is not to be missed! The first 100 attendees through the door will get free drinks, light bites, and EVERYONE will enjoy the best dueling piano show in all the Tristate Area: The Philly Keys!
- Unofficial Meetups: You are welcome to check out the unofficial meetups for Monday as well if you are looking for additional things to do!
Questions? – Please look for a PM staff red shirt. If they cannot help you for whatever reason, consider going to the registration area and you should be able to get your question answered there. Remember, that most of the questions you may have are probably already answered on the PM18 app or the website.
We are looking forward to an outstanding week of fun, networking and value! Thanks for joining us for Podcast Movement in Philadelphia!
“If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney