CupcakeCamp is back for 2014


Attendees enjoying cupcakes at BarCamp Canberra
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 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 penguins 2013 cupcakes
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.
Beer batter maple bacon cupcakes
Beer batter maple bacon cupcakes, photo by Sharen Scott

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.

Range of cupcakes laid on a table
Cupcakes at an earlier BarCamp Canberra event. Photo by Gavin Tapp.

BarCamp Canberra 2011 yum cha

It’s become a yearly tradition of organising a post-BarCamp yumcha with new and old BarCamp friends.

This year’s gathering will be held at Noble Palace in Woden, Canberra. This is opened to all barcamp attendees plus partners and children.


  • Date: Sunday 20th March 2011
  • Time: 10.30am to about 12 noon
  • Place: Noble Palace, 8-30 Corinna Street, Phillip, Canberra.
  • Cost: About $25-$27 per person (depending upon what the table has ordered)
  • Register at:

RSVPs are required as the restaurant is a very popular place and gets booked out very quickly.

Please note that this is not a free event. Based on past yum cha experiences at this restaurant, the average cost per person is about $25-$27/person.

Parking is available near the restaurant but can sometimes be difficult to find. Alternatively, there is underground parking available at the supermarket entrance. There is apparently 2 hours free parking at the underground car park.

Looking forward to seeing you there for some yummy yum cha goodness!
Register for BarCamp Canberra 2011 yum cha in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory  on Eventbrite

Make-a-badge competition

In an effort to be more sustainable and to do something useful with all those lanyards and badges we keep collecting from numerous events, we’re running a make-a-badge competition. Every attendee is encouraged to make and bring a badge to wear on the day of the event.

The best two badges will each win an awesome prize of a ticket to TEDxCanberra 2011 (which sold out within 48 hours last year…)

The rules: nothing rude, something preferably smaller than your body size 🙂

Things to consider including on your badge:

  • name
  • twitter name
  • topics you’re interested in
  • any other creative stuff!