This is the introduction for the blogging I’m going to do for BarCamp NYC. I’m going to use this space to introduce people to the BarCamp concept as *I* understand it.
To learn about the beginnings of BarCamp and the philosopy about it from those organizing it you can go to the general BarCamp website. But being a wiki it doesn’t have the ideal IA, so I’ll try to point out the crux of their message:
BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference 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 attendees.
My understanding is that BarCamp is a reaction to what is perceived as the creation of more elitist spaces that are too expensive and too much about “guru” talking heads.
“>I can tell you after just 3 hours here at Barcamp that this is indeed a remarkable event. I for one feel compelled to tell people more about it in and of itself and can’t wait for other communities (whether geographic or otherwise to use this type of narrative for creating interactive, engaging, and truly informative spaces).
The environment is fairly open. From the very beginning of my experience (a friend e-mailing the link to the BarCamp wiki) to my entry into the space, it has been open, friendly, and welcoming. No one is here to make a name for themselves. It is really about comaraderie and sharing for the goal of learning and networking.
The one requirement for attendance is to participate. You have to present, or help in another way in order to attend. A simple concept.
There are no hotels. It takes place in a donated office space and people who are not local camp out on the floor of the office.
All this leads to a very unprententious experience. it is very collaborative and very engaging.
I’m going to follow this post wth postings about the sessions that I go to. One post per session. So please do stay tuned, b/c there is some pretty neat stuff here which is not the normal stuff that I talk about but just as engaging.
So keep coming back.