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Six Podcasting Conferences You Have to Attend in the Last Quarter of 2016

As the fourth quarter of 2016 approaches, we have to say good-bye to Summer too. Whilst we had one of the wettest summers in Calgary in a very long time, it’s always good to see the sun and a few 30 degree days.

Now before I start to get nostalgic about summer leaving us, let’s talk about a more important subject at hand. As I mentioned above, the fourth quarter is approaching and that means that on the 1st of October, there will only be 92 days left of the year. I actually can’t believe how fast this year flew by. Absolutely bonkers. 

I usually approach the last quarter with my planning for the up and coming year, reflection on this year, and some excitement for the opportunities that lie ahead before Christmas rolls around and that is why I thought podcasting conferences would be a good topic to cover today.

Now there are ample amounts of media based conferences, but this article will only be highlighting podcast focused conferences, so for all of you that need a list of all the events….sorry, perhaps next time.

Let’s jump in and see where your time could be well spent in the next three months, oh you know, networking, traveling, new places, and new faces.


Date: September 21st – 24th
FinCon has no shortage of unique elements that make it a wonderful event. When you get this many like-minded, creative people together, cool things are bound to happen. FinCon has what you would expect from an annual conference and expo (keynotes, sessions, networking, and an awesome expo hall). But because of the inspiring and engaged community, we have a multitude of other exciting things for you to get plugged into.
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Los Angeles Podcast Festival

Date: September 23rd – 25th
Los Angeles Podcast Festival, the premier live podcasting event in the world, brings together the biggest names in podcasting for a weekend-long blowout in Los Angeles, ground zero for the medium where many of the top shows are based. The annual festival unites podcasters, their special guests, fans, and the podcasting industry to celebrate all things podcasting. Launched on Kickstarter five years ago as a comedy-centric festival, over the years, the growing event has expanded to include a wide-range of additional podcast genres.
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We are Podcast 2016

Date: October 6th – 8th
In 2015, you learned about creating your following using a podcast. In 2016, the sessions will centre around growth and monetization of your podcasting platform. We will cover topics from basic setup to advanced monetization techniques. You will learn the best ways to use stories in your podcast, 7 simple marketing tips to get more downloads for your podcast, therapy for podcasters, top 5 actions for every podcaster to do now, how to get to the best of iTunes, repurposing your content, Facebook groups, copywriting, sponsorships, authenticity, social media, how to make money from your podcast, the power of niching, and the future of technology.
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Now Hear This Podcast Festival

Date: October 28th – 30th
Join us for a weekend of live podcast performances spanning multiple genres, meet-and-greet opportunities, immersive fan-focused experiences, and more at the inaugural Now Hear This podcast festival Oct 28-30 in Anaheim California!
Such names as Marc Maron of “WTF”, Scott Aukerman of “Comedy Bang! Bang!”, Lauren Lapkus of “With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus”, and Paul Scheer of “How Did This Get Made?” will be amongst the dozens of podcasts scheduled to perform.

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DC PodFest

Date: November 4th – 5th
Start Recording: We have partnered with one of the coolest event spaces in DC again! The second annual,DC PodFest will be back at The Wonderbread Factory to bring you an incredible, passionate podcast event! You can call it a conference if you want to! We think of it as an independent podcast intensive for podcasters and podcast fanatics. We will focus on the business, creativity, and influence of podcasting in various ways throughout the two days. Prepare to be engaged, entertained, and productive. We like to think of it as a family reunion with the family you haven’t met yet. Oh, and everyone in this particular family, has a microphone! You can feel good about coming to DC PodFest too! Fifty percent of our ticket sales benefit Youth For Understanding’s Intercultural Exchange Programs! Stop Recording.
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2016 Third Coast Conference

Date: November 11th – 13th
Ready to spend three days with hundreds of fellow producers, artists, students, and audio enthusiasts, talking about storytelling on the airwaves and beyond? Ready to come together, listen to each other’s work, share ideas and expertise, and make priceless connections with future collaborators? Ready to get down on the dance floor with your Radio Heroes?
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Yes, there are still quite a few other conferences that I could have listed, but some of their registrations have closed and others are starting in a day or two. If there are any others you feel I should have added, do let me know via Twitter or the comments.

P.s. Keep a look out for our fully integrated Podcasting Events page that will keep tracking Conferences around the world for all podcasters.

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