What is Barcamp? Let’s get the biggest question out of the way -
No, it’s got nothing to do with bartending, and it’s not actually a camp.
What Barcamp actually is is a user-led technology conference, made up of people who come together for the sole purpose of sharing knowledge. One of the few conferences where there are no ‘experts’, no keynotes, and no one is paid, it sets itself apart from the typical for-profit technology events. Barcamp users come because they have a deep desire to learn, and to share with others the skills, the ideas, and the philosophies that drive them.
Everyone who comes to Barcamp is expected to participate. Most will present in 15 to 30 minute spots about whatever they are interested in. Photography, iOS, social media, mobile apps, cloud-based computing, gaming, wordpress, blogging, network security…it’s all there. Not to say it’s all about computers! Juggling, making a zombie apocolypse survival plan, even making the perfect cocktail are also topics that have been touched on in previous Barcamps! One of the most exciting parts of Barcamp is that you just never know what you are going to hear. Even those who don’t present share in the responsibilities by helping organize, helping to procure sponsorships, gruntwork the day of the conference, and providing great pictures and live tweets of the event. Barcamp is truly, in all senses, for and about it’s users.
There is no fee to attend Barcamp, and all facilities, internet, food, etc is provided by generous sponsors who help make this event possible.
Be sure to register, and share your plans to attend with others so we make make Barcamp Mobile 2011 the best one yet!
Have questions? Know someone who would make a great sponsor? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.