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PodFest Origins

About this event

Our first HYBRID, LIVE, IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL event since the pandemic where we go back to our roots in Tampa, Florida for a special edition of PodFest called "PodFest Origins!"

Virtual Dates are October 28th-29th, and November 1st-3rd.

(Virtual education will take place 11 am EST-3 pm EST each day)

In-Person Dates are November 4th-5th

(Kickoff Event Night on November 3rd)

In-Person education will take place from 9 am EST-6 pm EST each day proceeded by after-parties TBA (except November 3rd)


PodFest is a community of people who are interested and passionate about sharing their voice and message with the world through the powerful mediums of audio and video.

This will be our first hybrid event where there will be a limited edition of in-person passes and virtual passes.

We will have TWO tracks, a podcast track, and a video track. We will be featuring the most talented educators across our community.

Chasing a Dream

Podfest was born on August 5th, 2013 at a meetup hosted with 13 attendees. Here are our highlights from that point forward!

In 2014 we held 2 workshops around Podcasting

2015 1st Official Podfest is held in Tampa, Florida April 24th-26th with 100 Attendees.

2016 2nd Podfest Feb 26 & 27th 181 attendees. Podfest Pioneers the Gratitude closing ceremony. The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary starts filming at Podfest 2016.

September 2016 The Messengers reaches 123% of the goal raised with $22,152 becoming the 1st Documentary funded by the community for the medium of podcasting.

Feb 23-25th 2017 Podfest Moves to Orlando to help demand from International Travelers. The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary Premiers to a standing ovation 373 Registered Attendees.

2018 Podfest keeps growing with 496 Attendees.

2019 March 7th-9th, PodFest DOUBLES in size to 975 Attendees and Launches Vidfest.

2020 Podfest doubles in size AGAIN with over 2000 Registered Attendees. Last in-person podcasting conference to go on prior to shutdowns. Podfest Launches Microcons to rave reviews. Podcast Editor Con, Audio Drama Con, Military Creator Con, and many more niche-specific brands for attendees to partake in.

August 2020 PodFest Sets a Guinness World Record for "World's Largest Virtual Podcasting Event in one week" with 5,000+ Attendees and 300+ Speakers

March 2021 PodFest Global brings in 5,800+ attendees and 500+ speakers for another *pending* Guinness World Record.

The Impact

This is a global undertaking that is intended to bring:

Community, Collaboration, and Education to people's homes the world over.

We believe everyone should have access to the richness of the Podfest community.

We have been helping people since 2013 in this endeavor 8+ years ago.

It all began so long ago with 13 people.

Other Ways You Can Help

You Can help us make some noise about this event by sharing out on social media.

If you're facing hardships, email andrew@podfestexpo.com to learn more about our "pay it forward" program that our attendees have generously provided for.*


Contact Information

Amalie Arena, 401, Channelside Drive, Harbour Island, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, 33602, United States

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Andrew Weiss

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