Unusual forms of presentation are welcome at Barcamp – please don’t feel you need to stand at a lectern talking to a slide deck (in fact, please don’t do this – at any conference). Interactive sessions that include and work with your audience are much better for both the presenter and the listeners, so think about how you will present as much as what you will present. Talk, draw, listen, build etc.
Having said all that – there are some presentation aids available that you are welcome to use.
We will have two or three rooms in use at Barcamp depending on how many people we have present on the day.
We will have a Computers on Wheels (COWs) in each of the conference rooms. Each of these has a mac mini and Apple TV fixed to the rear of the screen.
The Apple TV can be used to to wirelessly show the screen of your iPhone, iPad or Apple computer. If you are an Apple user – this is an easy way to go.
If you wish to bring slides or other files to display on a screen, you can use the Mac Mini to show them. These computers have Apple Keynote installed which can open Powerpoint files – thought you might expect some formatting variance.
Each conference room also has a small whiteboard, a lectern and microphone.
We will have video cameras recording in both conference rooms, with the videos published to the Barcamp Canberra youtube account a week or two after the event. Any other rooms will be free of cameras (unless you bring your own) – go for these rooms if you prefer to stay ‘off the record’.
Here are the next three video interviews we recorded at Barcamp Canberra 2013. If you missed the first two videos, you can see them here.
BarCamp Canberra attendees enjoying a range of cupcakes from CupcakeCamp. Photo by Gavin Tapp
CupcakeCamp is returning to Barcamp Canberra 2014! So what is CupcakeCamp? From Cupcakecamp.org:
CupcakeCamp is an ad-hoc community gathering born from the desire for people to share and eat cupcakes in an open environment. CupcakeCamp was originally created by Ariel Waldman.
In the spirit of openness and community, CupcakeCamp is about sharing your yummy homemade cupcakes with your fellow BarCamp Canberra attendees, so people can eat them for free at the event. The event will happen on the same day and place as BarCamp Canberra – 15th March 2014, at afternoon tea time.
We will run a ‘People’s Choice’ award for people’s favourite cupcake. A fun prize will be awarded to the People’s Choice cupcake.
Linux penguin cupcakes made by Lana Brindley. Photo by Ruth Ellison
I want to take part. What do I need to do?
CupcakeCamp is opened to everyone. To take part, just bring along your finished cupcakes to BarCamp Canberra. All cupcakes will need to be at BarCamp Canberra by 12pm, in time for the event at afternoon tea time. There are no limits on how many cupcakes you can bring.
To make it easier for everyone, we suggest the following:
- Make a sign explaining what it is (e.g. “Triple choc cupcakes”, “Beer batter maple bacon cupcakes”)
- List the ingredients that it may contain so those with allergies will know what’s in it
- A way to display your cupcakes – doesn’t have to be fancy.
Do we bake or decorate the cupcakes at the event?
Nope. Please bring your finished cupcakes ready to go. You’ll be too busy enjoying the rest of Barcamp Canberra to be decorating cupcakes
Can I take part even if I don’t bring cupcakes?
Yes. This is about openness and collaboration. Let’s eat collaboratively.
Cupcakes at an earlier BarCamp Canberra event. Photo by Gavin Tapp.
Registrations are open for Barcamp Canberra 2014. Head on over to Eventbrite to sign up.
Returning for its 7th year, Barcamp will bring together a great bunch of smart people who are ready to share ideas and learn from each other.
A couple of things to note about Barcamp this year. We’ve been thinking about how to make lunch work for everyone without becoming expensive and forcing a ticket price to cover costs. Instead of doing spending lots and pleasing few, we think it will be better to let you make your own choices. Closer to the event we’ll provide some information on nearby places where you can find food. There is a good selection of places nearby. Or of course you can BYO. We might event look at some ways to group people together to keep things social.
We will provide fresh fruit for morning tea, and the cupcake competition will (hopefully) provide afternoon tea. There is are boiling/chilled water dispensers throughout the library. You’re welcome to bring along a mug and your favourite tea.
It also looks like we won’t be providing free coffee this year – but there is a cafe in the library that opens at 10am, and some nearby cafes that are open early. More info on these later when we give you tips on places to find lunch. There is still an outside chance we can find a way to provide free coffee – we are exploring a few options. Stay tuned.
And remember we are at a new venue this year – the Gungahlin Library. We’ll post more info about this in the next week or two, but its worth noting that we are moving away from the Civic in 2014.
The name “Barcamp” doesn’t necessarily tell you much about what is going to happen on the day, or the type of event you can expect. You can read about the origin of Barcamps here. We thought it might be helpful to have a few people at Barcamp use their own words to desrcibe the event and what they like about it. Here are the first of five very short interviews recorded at Barcamp 2013.
We have a venue, and can announce that Barcamp Canberra 2014 will take place on March 15 at Gungahlin Library.
More details to come in the next week or two. Make sure you follow us on Twitter or join the mailing list using the form at the right of this page.
In keeping with the Unconference style, we are keeping things pretty lean this year. Its all about having a great community of people on the day. If you want to get involved, we will need some on the day helpers and of course, you can always channel your energy into running a session.
If you are interested in sponsoring, please get in touch. Most sponsors chip in between $100 and $500 which goes toward food and drink. We are also considering micro sponsorship with stickers or tshirts as a reward. Leave a comment below if you would be interested in this option.
We are considering not providing lunch this year. There are quite a few good lunch options near the venue, and it means that people can have a better selection to suit their diet. Lunch also tends to be the most difficult part of the day in terms of pleasing people and arranging logistics. Happy to take comments on this too – especially if you have ideas about how lunch can be a continuation of the event rather than an interruption.
We also intend for Cupcake Camp to return again for 2014. We are looking for prizes and judges.