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30HourDay: Now There’s a Telethon 2.0

A group of podcasters in Portland, Oregon have teamed up with internet friends around the world to create a new type of charity fundraiser, a live streaming telethon. Called 30 Hour Day, the event begins this evening. It will use streaming media services to deliver the content, the Causes Facebook application to collect donations, and Twitter to spread the word.

30 consecutive hours of music, variety acts, podcasts and other entertainment will raise money for local charity organizations. Will it work? Portland has a deep community of geeks and connections all around the web, so perhaps this group will be able to keep people entertained around the clock.

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Well known geeky guests from outside Portland will include leading international nonprofit tech consultant

Beth Kanter

and author

Tara Hunt

. Charities benefitting from the event will include low-income computer assistance project

Free Geek

, the very innovative

Oregon Food Bank

and Toys for Tots.

You can follow the event on Twitter at @30hourday.

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