I was considering going to BarCamp Galway on September 22nd but looking at the talks, of which there only seem to be 8 now and looking at the attendees it seems to have turned into the cliquey event I suggested it might after attending BarCamp Waterford. Most of the people going I seem to know already via blogs and Twitter. I don’t know can I be arsed spending hours in a car each way to see people I see in a virtual form on a daily basis anyway. Were I to go right now I’d honestly only be going to give support to John who has himself traveled all around the county many times to give his support to so many events and is without doubt one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
As I said back then and I still stand by it now:
I fear the event is becoming far too cliquey. Yes, Iâ€™m sick of all your fucking faces after only two. I would like to suggest that next time, if you have been to a barcamp before you *have* to bring someone that hasnâ€™t been to one but who youâ€™d think would find benefit from one. I also think that preference should be given to those who havenâ€™t presented before.
So folks, we need to bring along people who have not been before and we need to get an excess of speakers to talk about interesting stuff.
I was thinking of giving one of two talks, one would be on how to get press attention for your idea/company/campaign and give all the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. The other talk would be a version of the blog post I wrote on making things social. Call me precious but were I to do a talk, I’d want new people in the audience interspersed with your faces too but not a lot, you already know what I will say if you read this blog on a regular enough basis. Get me 30+ new faces and I’ll give a talk but I also want to attend interesting talks.
There are plenty of companies in Ireland who have 100s of talented people between them that can inspire and wow us with their ideas and thoughts, no matter how off-the-wall they are. Their employers whould be encouraging their creativity and let them loose on the public. These people alone could fill two Barcamps.
As for speakers, who would I like to see?
- Haydn Shaughnessy to talk about his digital art gallery
- John Ward to talk about Geocoding
- Tom Murphy to talk about how PR is changing with the web
- John Collison on “I made a fucking million and I’m still too young to vote”
- John Handelaar about how Ireland is ideal for Internet radio
- The girls from Beaut.ie on how they created a blogging empire
I’d also like to see interesting unconference discussions on things such as “How tech can rig an election”, a legal discussion called “Getting away with murder in the modern surveillance society” and something like “Google passed me in the NCT”.
We’re a month out from BarCamp Galway, it would be nice to see another 20 or so speakers added before then a whole herd of new faces too. I’m not sure can BarCamps be sustained much longer if they do not start reaching out to more and more people, an evening in the pub would be as useful.
And lastly a note to Google who are saving 100s of Millions in Ireland with their tax dodging: SPONSOR A FUCKING TECH EVENT IN IRELAND YOU TIGHT BASTARDS*
*An event which YOU have not designed to be a pure recruitment event for yourselves.