Does BarCamp have something to do with bars and alcohol?
No, it doesn't. Its actually a hacker reference to FooBar which is typically used as a placeholder name when describing something in software code. BarCamp arose as an open to the public alternative to Foo Camp, which is an invitation-only conference.
What is the cost to attend?
Nothing! BarCamp is completely free and open to the public. Invite all your friends and share the experience with them!
What will the session topics be?
The majority of sessions are not prearranged. Attendees propose their own session ideas on the day of the event, and the schedules are updated throughout the day to make sure the most popular sessions get the largest rooms. Although topics should lean heavily to a tech and creative audience, one of the most fun parts of BarCamps are the ‘kitchen sink’ talks like ‘How to roast your own coffee’ or ‘Lockpicking’.
How long are the talks?
The schedule allots 30 minutes for each session but you should leave some room for Q&A afterwards and travel time between sessions.
Do I have to give a talk?
Absolutely not! Many people come to BarCamp just to meet new people and listen to other folks give presentations, and that's great! We encourage people to participate however they are most comfortable. That's the beauty of the "un-conference." You can pretty much do whatever you want.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
BarCamp attendees don’t need to bring anything more but themselves and a thirst for knowledge, but here are a few suggestions
- Notepad, pen/pencil for taking notes and collecting autographs
- Something to share with attendees (i.e. business cards)
- A friend!
What Should Presenters Bring?
Whatever you think is sufficient for your session. There will be projectors in all main rooms but no whiteboards. If you have a slideshow, bring your laptop and whatever VGA/HDMI/DVI cable you need.
how many presentation rooms will be available?
There are 4 main rooms that should have a capacity of up to 30 people each and many smaller areas including outside. When you add your session to the schedule you’ll get to choose the time and room where it occurs.
Will internet be provided?
Sorry, no internet will be provided so prepare any materials you need ahead of time.
Can I give a sales presentation?
No. To be respectful of our BarCamp attendees, sales presentations or all-out sales pitches are not allowed. Don’t even try it, folks.
What if people walk out during a talk?
If a talk or discussion in one room isn’t of interest to you, feel free to walk out and join another session. If you’re giving a talk, don’t worry if people do this.
Will food and drinks be provided?
We’re going to have snacks and drinks, hopefully coffee and we’re asking some food trucks to join us to provide lunch choices for attendees.
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