Barcamp Canberra – this Saturday!

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Just a few days now before a great day of ideas and information sharing at Barcamp Canberra 2014. We are going to have a great day – here are things you should know before you arrive.

Places still available

We have room for more people – bring a friend! Register here


Don’t forget, we are at a new venue this year at Gungahlin Library.


  • Registrations start at 9:00 with the first session starting at 9:30.
  • There are five  20 minute sessions in the morning, with lunch at 12:15 and cupcakes 2:45.
  • The last session finishes at about 4:15pm
  • Ruth and Gavin will do a “Barcamp for newbies” session at the start of the day – this is a great way to begin your day if you are new to Barcamp and not sure where to start.

Talks can be on almost anything

But the audience can vote with their feet. Make sure your talk is engaging and gives your audience something valuable. Don’t feel limited to giving a lecture with powerpoint (please!).

There are also some rules of Barcamp that you can read here


As with past years, please bring your own name tag. You can make it fancy to make an impression or just keep it simple 🙂

We need volunteers on the day

If you can help out with a job on the day, get in touch. You’ll score a cool tshirt for your efforts! More info here.


Thanks to support from our partner, we are providing fresh whole fruit for morning tea.

We are running a cupcake camp, which will provide afternoon tea. Please make sure your delicious cupcakes are ready to serve and labelled with your name and the type of cake. If you are bringing cupcakes that suit people with special dietary needs, make sure you also note that on the label too.


Unlike past years, we aren’t providing lunch this year. While it has been great to put on lunch, it also requires a lot of organisation and adds a risk leaving people hungry or running over time. Given Barcamp is an unconference, we thought it might be better to let you find your own lunch. You can bring your own, or buy something nearby. There are a couple of supermarkets and bakeries nearby, along with sushi, noodles, mexican, burgers and lots of other options.

Lunch will be between 12:15 and 13:15 – so you will have time to find something you like.

BYO lunch also means that people with special dietary needs can have something that they know they will enjoy.


Coffee is available before 10am from a couple of nearby cafes on Hibberson St. After 10am there is a cafe on the main level of the library that makes great coffee.


There are also boiling / chilled water dispensers in each of the rooms we are using. Please BYO your own cup/mug/drinkbottle.

Recording talks

We will record video from the two conference rooms to capture the ideas from the day. At this stage we also plan to livestream talks from Conference Room 1. If you are giving a talk that you would prefer not to record/stream – make sure you use Conference room 2, and let the Room God know not to record you.

You can see videos from past years here.


The hashtag for this year is #bcc2014. Feel free to use this hashtag when you post photos to flickr or youtube videos or other places too.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Mug/keepcup
  • Nametag
  • Cupcakes
  • Notepad
  • Ideas
  • An enquiring mind 🙂


You can email the Barcamp Canberra team at or tweet us at @barcampcanberra

Can’t make it?

You can follow along via the live video stream, and by keeping an eye on the hashtag.

If you have registered to attend, but can’t make it – don’t forget to cancel your ticket here

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