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Baltimore to host BarCamp on June 20 - Baltimore Sun
By Gus G. Sentementes | Taking another cue from the West Coast tech scene, Baltimore will be the site of its own BarCamp "unconference" next month at the University of Baltimore. Organizers have scheduled the event on June...
Not a GTD Disciple? Don't Worry About It - WebWorkerDaily
Recently, I attended a Barcamp for web workers, where I popped in and out of two groups discussing Getting Things Done (GTD). There was a beginners' group, and one they called “Kung Fu GTD,” for the hardcore efficiency crowd....
Dubai Internet City Hosts 'BarCamp UAE' for Technology and New ... - Zawya
Dubai: 20 May, 2009: Dubai Internet CityDubai Internet City, the region's leading managed ICT cluster and a member of TECOM Investments, today announced over 40 professionals attended the first-ever interactive BarCamp UAE conference,...
HealthCamp Philadelphia: Change is in the Air - ADVANCE
A free, user-generated conference, BarCamp meetings encourage people to gather for one day to discuss ideas and issues surrounding a particular theme. On the morning of a conference, attendees set the day's schedule by writing down topics for...
Software programmers get physical - Boston Globe
A few blocks away on that same weekend, there was a Boston BarCamp "unconference" at MIT's Stata Center, where a hands-on, do-it-yourself aesthetic was also noticeable among the mostly software sessions. A week earlier, a SkillShare weekend workshop,...
Valley Tech Talk: Camp Season in South Texas - KGBT-TV Presents VALLEYCENTRAL.COM
The camps to which he refers are “unconferences” based on the “Barcamp” model. These aren't camps on how to mix drinks. You can visit for a better explanation but Alan does a good job in summarizing what a camp is in his post....
The ReportingOn Roadshow: Feedback and Notes from San Jose and ... - MediaShift Idea Lab
A few weeks later, I attended BarCamp NewsInnovation in Philadelphia -- BCNIPhilly. I could spend a few paragraphs here talking about how much I enjoyed the BarCamp (un)conference format, where attendees signed up upon arrival to lead discussions in a...
Magical mystery Tech Bus tour rolls into Liverpool - LDPBusiness
Tech Bus Tour is designed as an “unconference” similar to the Barcamp technology event held in Liverpool in December. There was no formal agenda, but people could choose to give presentations or demonstrate products. Ms Lips said: “This came about...
Invitation to DemoCamp Poland - Kloop
DEMOCAMP continues the idea of barcamp meetings and Democamp 2008 being primarily focused on entrepreneurship and best practice in developing IT start-ups. After very successful DEMOCAMP 2008 we decided to make the event's idea even bigger and expand...
Creative 'Camp' Brings Diverse Ideas Together -
It was all part of the first-ever BeCreative BarCamp held at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Helena Fruscio was hoping for a about 50 participants; she got more than 100. Fruscio, director of operations for the Berkshire Creative Economy...


Participants in the first BarCamp simultaneously comment, listen, and follow along on their screens.

BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, and political organizing.

The name "BarCamp" is a playful allusion to the event's origins, with reference to the hacker slang term, foobar: BarCamp arose as a spin-off of Foo Camp, an annual invitation-only participant driven conference hosted by open source publishing luminary Tim O'Reilly.

The first BarCamp was held in Palo Alto, California, from August 19-21, 2005, in the offices of Socialtext. It was organized in less than one week, from concept to event, with 200 attendees. Since then, BarCamps have been held in over 350 cities around the world, in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and Asia. To mark the one-year anniversary of BarCamp, BarCampEarth was held in multiple locations world wide on August 25-27, 2006. The second-year anniversary of BarCamp, BarCampBlock was held in Palo Alto at the original location, but also over a three block radius on August 18-19, 2007, and was attended by over 800 people.

By "open-sourcing" the organizational process of Foo Camp, that is, codifying it in a wiki and making that publicly available, BarCamp seems to have struck a chord. Beyond the BarCamp-branded network to which the first event gave rise, it quickly became a model for user generated conferences in other fields or for more specialized applications, ranging from WordCamp and PodCamp to Seattle Mind Camp, to name a few. There is even a new variant on this user-focused event called a MiniBarCamp. The involvement of key figures in the web development community, such as Tantek Çelik and Ross Mayfield, no doubt helped its adoption.

BarCamps are organized and evangelized largely through the web, harnessing what might be called a Web 2.0 communications toolkit. Anyone can initiate a BarCamp, using the BarCamp wiki.

The procedural framework consists of sessions proposed and scheduled each day by attendees, mostly on-site, typically using white boards or paper taped to the wall. This is a form of the open-space approach and has been dubbed, with another play on words, The Open Grid approach.

While loosely structured, there are rules at BarCamp. All attendees are encouraged to present or facilitate a session. Everyone is also asked to share information and experiences of the event, both live and after the fact, via public web channels including (but not limited to) blogging, photo sharing, social bookmarking, twittering, wiki-ing, and IRC. This open encouragement to share everything about the event is in deliberate contrast to the "off the record by default" and "no recordings" rules at many private invite-only participant driven conferences.

Venues typically provide basic services. Free network access, usually WiFi, is crucial. Following the model of Foo Camp, the venue also makes space for the attendees, a.k.a. BarCampers, to literally camp out overnight. Thus, BarCamps rely on securing sponsorship, ranging from the venue and network access to beverages and food.

Attendance is typically monetarily free and generally restricted only by space constraints. Participants are asked, though, to sign up in advance.

This form of self-organized user generated conferences are conceptually related to hackers' meetings in Europe, especially those nearer to anarchism and autonomism, happening since the '90s in Temporary Autonomous Zones or other occupied places. The procedural framework of BarCamp borrows some elements (particularly the Agenda Wall) from the Open Space methodology for organizing meetings. Also, the BoF sessions of IETF meetings may have provided inspiration. However, BarCamps lack the political motivations and are actually quite integrated with the mainstream ICT industry, often getting substantial sponsorships from major corporations.

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Coworking is an emerging trend for a new pattern for working. Typically work-at-home professionals or independent contractors or people who travel frequently end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.

Some coworking spaces were developed by nomadic internet entrepreneurs seeking an alternative to working in coffeeshops and cafes, or to isolation in independent or home offices.

Business accelerators, business incubators and executive suites do not seem to fit into the coworking model, because they often miss the social, collaborative, and informal aspects of the process, with management practices closer to that of a Cooperative, including a focus on community rather than profit. Many of the coworking participants are also participants in BarCamp and other related open source technology activities.

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Ross Mayfield

Ross Mayfield, Socialtext Co-founder, Chairman and President.

Ross Mayfield is co-founder, Chairman and President, and former CEO of Socialtext Incorporated, an enterprise social software company based in Palo Alto, California. He is also a regular blogger and public speaker.

Mayfield received a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed the Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

He began his career in the non-profit sector with the U.S.-Baltic Foundation, after which he moved to Estonia and served as a scriptwriter for, and advisor to, the Office of the President of Estonia. He also served as Marketing Director of Levicom, one of the largest privately held telecom groups in Eastern Europe where he also started an Internet Service Provider and a web design company.

In 1998 he co-founded RateXchange, a business-to-business commodity exchange for telecom, where he quickly progressed from Vice President of Sales and Marketing to Chief Operating Officer and then to President. With the collapse of the dot-com bubble, the company, which had yet to earn any revenue, saw its billion dollar valuation vanish overnight. Ross left in August 2000.

He then served as VP of Marketing for Lucida Inc., a Fujitsu spinout, before co-founding Socialtext in 2002.

Ross hosted the first Barcamp in 2005.

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Kris Krug

Kris Krug, February 2009

Kris Krug (also known as "kk" and "kk+") is a fashion and editorial photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and founder of photography studio Static Photography.

He is an author, having co-written BitTorrent for Dummies with Susannah Gardner, and a technologist. He was also the president of Bryght (a Drupal development company) and founder of early web community He now serves as president of Raincity Studios, a comprehensive purveyor of services related to the Web and social media, by way of its recent acquisition of Bryght.

Krug is the organizer and founder of PhotoCamp, a photography unconference with BarCamp origins, and has organized 5 of them including Northern Voice 2006, BarCamp Shanghai, Barcamp Vancouver, Northern Voice 2007 and Northern Voice 2008.

Krug is a well known contributor to the Flickr photo sharing community website. His photographs have appeared in JPG Magazine, ION Magazine, Business Week, Wired Magazine, and others. He has published interviews with technology personalities in Digital Web Magazine, and he has covered events as diverse as SXSW, the 2006 Winter Olympics, and the Consumer Electronics Show. He has been a regular guest on The Lab with Leo, a talk show devoted to technology and its effects on the G4Tech channel talking about topics like Facebook apps to the growing Chinese market. As a speaker, he has been invited to a number of media and technology events, such as SXSW.

Kris was featured in an article on the spread of Creative Commons material and Flickr.

Kris' photography was brought to prominence by a bizarre situation where another user attributed his work as theirs. The subsequent blog posting was picked up by Digg (resulting in over 1700 diggs). After this incident, he has subsequently been invited to speak on the issue of copyright at events like Copycamp.

Krug is the co-founder of VanDigiCam, an association of photographers in Vancouver, BC, with over 300 current members.

In 2008 Kris published photographs of Jack White and The Racounteurs in issues of Rolling Stone. He also had selected a candid photo of REM's Michael Stipe chosen for the front cover of the New York Press. The photograph selected was shot by Kris at SXSW 2008.

Krug has photographed lookbooks for local Vancouver designers DOMESTIC apparel company and kdon of Project Runway Canada. In February 2009 Kris attended New York Fashion Week and was able to shoot shows for Zac Posen, William Rast, Ports 1961, Miss Sixty, Barbie's 50th Anniversary Show, and the African Fashion Collective featuring Grace Jones. He is also a resident photographer for local Vancouver fashion/culture publication ION Magazine.

In 2008 Kris' photographic works were curated into four local Vancouver art shows: Timerasier, Body Language Exhibition, The Art of Giving, and The Cheaper Show.

In summer 2008, Kris attended the Beijing Summer Olympics and documented the experience with his photography. Two of his photos essays during that experience where included in the LA Times. The photo essays were titled the Streets of Beijing and the Faces of Beijing.

Krug's photographic style incorporates expired film, personal candids, angular combinations and body shots. He regularly collaborates with fashion designers to create visuals that push the limit of mainstream fashion photography. Besides fashion photography, he shoots urban landscapes and people and collaborates with international photographers and artists in the Gastown district of Vancouver.

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StixCamp is a BarCamp unconference hosted in a rural area. Organisers of StixCamps aim to engage the local community in technology, often by providing special 'how to' or introduction to technology sessions as part of the schedule. In doing so, a StixCamp aims to help break down the barriers to equitable participation in technology and ICT often faced by those who live in regional and rural locations.

The first StixCamp was held in Newstead, Victoria at the Welshmans Reef Vineyard on March 14-15, 2009. In the tradition of BarCamps, it was organised primarily through social media networks such as Twitter and Identica, and supported by blogging tools and IRC.

Best Talk awards were given to Paul Fenwick for his presentation Hacking Other People's Brains and to James Vautin for his presentation on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Maxim Shkylar was awarded a Notable Mention for his presentation on XIML.

StixCampNewstead introduced the concept of 'StixBlitz' - a competition aimed at redeveloping the host venue's website in a short period of time.

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Ron May (columnist)

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Ron May is a prominent technology columnist covering events the Chicago area. He publishes an influential monthly newsletter called The May Report. He has been described as "a fixture on the Chicago tech scene". He is often seen at Chicago tech community events such as BARcamp Chicago and TECH cocktail. He is known among the community by his trademark tape recorder which he uses to record many of his conversations.

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Source : Wikipedia