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.

Volunteers needed!

For BarCamp Canberra to run as smoothly as previous years we need YOU!

We need some on the day volunteers

Can you help with:

  • Setting up on the day
  • Time keeping in rooms
  • Serving as ‘Room God’
  • Photography
  • Help with Video recording the rooms
  • Helping with morning tea and cupcake camp

All up we need about 15 people, this will we can give people a break, it also means that you may only be needed for half the day so you can still experience lots of BarCamp.

So what will you get?

You mean a part from the satisfaction of being involved with a great community event?? Well we will also give you a Barcamp Canberra T-shirt to make you part of the team and say thanks!

You don’t need to be experienced and you won’t be on your own

Ready to go?

Get in touch with us by sending an email to , leaving a comment below or tweeting to us at @barcampcanberra

Presentation tools and technology

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’.

Barcamp Canberra – What is it like?

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.

Video sadness

I have reviewed the video captured at the event, and I have some bad news.

While we have video of all the talks in Studio 1 – the audio is not great, and I’m still working on slicing up the talks ready for upload (if anyone knows about editing AVCHD files, let me know). I hope to have these online next week.

The worse news is that for about half the talks in the Teal room, we may not have audio. We have beautifully shot video – but not audio. I’ve had suggestions from a few people that this might open up some opportunities for Hercules Returns style overdubbing – but I’m not so sure. There may be some audio recorded on a 2nd camera – I’ll know for sure soon.

Mae culpa – I take the blame. The arrangement of equipment that we used in the Teal room was only assembled for the first time that morning, and I missed a step where the correct audio track was sent to the recorder. Or more accurately, it was working first thing in the morning – but later reset and the configuration was screwed up. I didn’t notice and fix it until just before John Sheridan’s talk.

Sorry! In the meantime, two talks are on youtube now – a post for the first one coming up now.

Post Barcamp High!

Photo credit: share_s on flickr

Barcamp is done for another year – but there are still some things to do before we go back into hibernation for another year.


A big thank you to everyone who came along and was part of the day. As I said at the opening of the day, this is an event that has “some assembly required” and relies on the people present to build their own conference on the day. We had a great mix of talks – and a very switched on audience throughout the day. Great work.

The next thank you to the volunteers that helped put the event together, and helped on the day. Craig, Clare, Sharon, Sam, Pascal who did a lot in the lead up and on the day – and Ruth, Lozz, Trib, Tim, David and many others that helped out in the lead up to the event. Each of these people contribute to this event because they understand the specialness of the unconference format – and understand why its a great part of the Canberra calendar.

Sponsors – we could not feed the masses without you 🙂 Thanks to the Department of Finance who have been supporters for the last few years. Delib who lots of help managing the finances for the event (not to mention Craig’s contribution). Acid Labs who provided the much needed coffee in the morning – @Trib has been a long term part of the Barcamp Community – and though he couldn’t be there in person – we appreciated the coffee. Agileware are a new sponsor this year – thank you very much, we hope to see you again next year. Also a special thank you to Rob Fitzgerald and the University of Canberra Inspire Centre for making their venue available to us – it is an excellent space for an unconference.

Photos from the day

There are some photos appearing on flickr – and more on the way. You are welcome to add your own to the group – don’t forget to set them to Creative Commons License (CC-BY) so that people can reuse them.

Blog posts

If you blog about your experience of the day – or the talk that you gave – post a link to it in the comments below. We will post a page here that lists all the talks with links to relevant media.


We have the video that was recorded in the two rooms and will process it over the next week or two. I’ll add the talks here as they become available.

Stay in touch

Make sure you stay in touch with Barcamp. Sign up for the mailing list on the homepage here. We send about 4 emails a year between January and April when the event is ‘awake’.

You can also follow on twitter at @barcampcanberra or email us at

Help with Barcamp Canberra 2014

If you would like to help with Barcamp Canberra next year, use the form below to send us some details. You need to be able to take on a specific task like ordering food or managing ticketing – it probably requires a few hours a week for about a month, plus helping out on the day.

We are also keen to hear from sponsors! The overall budget for the event is very low. Somewhere around $2,500 depending on how fancy lunch is. If your organisation is able to contribute a few hundred dollars – we can make it go a long way and you can be helping with one of the regions most interesting gatherings.

Other events you might be interested in

If you like Barcamp Canberra – there are some other idea sharing events which might interest you:

  • Govhack / Govcamp is a hack day followed by an unconference with a focus on government innovation and open data. If you are interested in data mashups, rapid prototyping, data visualisation or producing websites or apps, you should check it out. If you are interested in an unconference about Government – come to Govcamp.
  • TEDxCanberra happens in September/October and is heading into its 4th year. Tickets disappear very quickly – but if you have been a fan of TED talks online, its great to see a similar event taking place in Canberra with local speakers giving the talk of their lives. Sign up for the mailing list to have the best chance of scoring a ticket.

If you know of other events in the Canberra region that share this focus on knowledge sharing, please post in the comments below.

That’s all for now

We’ll add some of the products from this year’s Barcamp over the next few weeks – but for now, thanks very much and we hope to see you at Barcamp Canberra 2014.

Video Link to South Coast Startup Camp

Barcamp Canberra in past years has had normally had a bit of a “start up” component – to add to this for 2013 we will have a video link with the Entrepreneurs SeaChange StartUp Camp Merimbula during one of the barcamp sessions.

We’ll add this to the program on Saturday morning – if you have any Start Up related topics you are interested in, post them in the comments here so they can be discussed in the session.

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