Game on. Going back to the roots yeah? 🙂 I’m meant to be involved in this but I’ve been very very lax about it. Sorry everyone!
So what’s a Barcamp? It’s an informal and free conference where the topics and talks are chosen on the day by the people there. Have an idea about a talk? Ask for one to be run or run it yourself. Barcamps are meant to be unconferences where it isn’t one person at a podium talking but the whole audience participating. A bit like Questions and Answers without the panelists and John Bowman guiding the conversation. Different and we’re going to try this time to do that!
- Insisting that slideware sessions to be kept to a minimum and limited to 20 mins
- Running an Ignite session for pure slideware (5 minutes, 20 slides)
- Focussing relentlessly on facilitiating discussions with active participants rather that talking at passive listeners. No more talk + Q&A. It should be all Q&A with “presenters” as moderators.
- Asking questions, not making statements
- Running a “build a webapp in a day” session for the entire day (details to follow)
- Offering your problems/challenges to your audience to solve (”How do I…?”)
- Setting up hands-on technical tutorial sessions (e.g. how to use Sketchup to model buildings and cities, under the hood of WordPress etc)
- Insisting on absolutely no branding or commercial pitching during sessions
- Highlighting technology as a tool to achieve useful ends, not as an end in itself
- Looking at ways of using technology to enable creativity
- Pulling in as many non-tech people as possible – media, art, education, finance, energy, entertainment, charity
I’m going to give a few talks, though, I think more I’ll kick off a few interactive sessions with people. There should deffo be one on funding for companies and where to get it with someone taking notes and putting them online.
There’s also a meal the night before in Cork too. Come along!