Now known as Unconference Canberra!

We’re changing our name – after seven fabulous events over eight years, we’ve decided to refresh and update our name to UnConference Canberra.

The goal of this change is to help new people find out about and understand the fantastic spirit of the event, as a ground-up free community-run unconference that welcomes people to participate and talk on the topics that matter to them.

We’re keeping the same great format and approach, but you’ll gradually see our branding and naming change across our digital presence.

BarCamp Canberra is back!

Hi and welcome from the 2016 unorganising team.

After taking a break last year, we’re back and preparing for a new event, featuring a day of impromptu talks on interesting topics spanning technology, arts, government, usability, innovation and more.
We’re looking to hold the event on either the first or second Saturday of April, so keep those dates free. However that’s subject to change depending on venue availability.

To be notified when we confirm the date, please join our mailing list (see the form on each page). We’ll email you to let you know when and where it will be held and when you can register for the event. Don’t know what a BarCamp is? Start here

We need your help

This is the sixth year for the event and we wanted to ask you, as the attendees, presenters and supporters, for some advice on how we rethink some key things.

Firstly, we’ll like your views on whether we should rename BarCamp Canberra, and what the new name might be. ‘BarCamp’ is not well known as a concept and, let’s face it, lacks impact – we’d love your suggestions on what we could call the event moving forward.

Secondly, we’d like your views on whether there’s anything we should change about the approach to the event on the day. Is there anything you think we can improve, tweak or add to make it an even greater experience than in last years?

Leave your comments below, or if you want to make them privately, email

Call out to sponsors

We run this event on less than a shoe string – and every dollar or service provided in support helps the day become more special and fulfilling for participants.

If you or your organisation is interested in supporting the longest running Canberra grassroots unconference, please email us today.

Panopticon, Surveilance and the NSA

Possibly the most philosophical session of Barcamp Canberra 2014, Pascal, Jahla and Shruti start a discussion into the social effects of surveillance, drawing on Bentham’s Panopticon and Foucault’s critical use thereof as a social theory. The discussion unfurls, covering privacy, the (self-)disciplinary effects of surveillance, NSA leaks, and more.

Video update

Hello again,

Just a quick message to the email list about videos from Barcamp Canberra 2104. This is the 2nd last email you will get for now – once the videos are online, Barcamp Canberra will go into hibernation for another year.

So far, we have 11 videos published to youtube, and about 5 more to publish over the next week or so. If you haven’t seen them yet, make sure you visit the barcamp Canberra website or youtube channel to take a look. And if you had a favourite talk, make sure you leave a comment and a ‘thumbs up’ to let us know.

And don’t forget, we’d love to see your photos in the flickr group and your blog posts. Let us know what you have got!