Sunday, February 18, 2007
BarCamp : an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.
A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. Learn more or organize your own Barcamp!. If you write code at BarCamp, consider licensing it under the BarCampLicense. The name BarCamp was inspired as a complement to FooCamp.
What should you expect when attending a BarCamp?
* Pre-register on the wiki. There's a signup page for your local event. Please put your name and any organization you represent on the form, to give coordinators an idea as to how many people are coming (and to get your nametag printed, instead of Sharpie'd!)
* Bring a laptop - It's great for showing off that program you mentioned in your session. Plus, there are many hotspots provided, and plenty of downtime to browse around and look into everything you've learned.
* Come early, but not too early - Showing up at the announced starting time will be fine. Show up earlier, and you'll get drafted for setup work (much appreciated!). Show up later, and you'll miss some social activity and your T-shirt.
* Be ready to participate - come with an idea for a session you can lead. You don't have to be an expert at your topic; as long as it's not too specific, there'll probably be someone else present who can help you out. You can also contribute to the conversation during a session. This is a great way to participate, since it spreads knowledge from everyone, instead of just the leader.