torsdag 30 juli 2009

Institutional Web Management Workshop 2009: Barcamp

Institutional Web Management Workshop 2009: Barcamp: "What is a BarCamp?

Wikipedia defines BarCamp as an international network of user generated conferences, open, participatory workshop events, whose content is provided by participants.

A BarCamp is typically one or two full days held at a weekend attended by people with an interest in technology.

The day is split into a number of sessions typically of around 30 minutes each. Depending on the number of participants, size of venue, etc. there may be several sessions running simultaneously.

Barcamp Bristol timetable - taken by Pip, FlickrAt the start of the day a board is put up and people scramble for a slot to do their talk.

Often a white board and post it notes is used to allocate rooms and timeslots. Once this has been done the sessions start.

People turn up to whichever sessions they wish provided there is enough room. If there's not enough space then they go to another session.

No one can pre-book a session (either as a presenter or participant) and there's an accepted rule (though no one checking up) that if it's your first time at a BarCamp, you present something.

There is no fixed format for sessions, often they involve some kind of on screen presentation but they could be round table discussions or more practical."

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