Barcamp Canberra – this Saturday!

Just a few days now before a great day of ideas and information sharing at Barcamp Canberra 2013.

If you can’t make it, let us know!

Barcamp Canberra is sold out, and there are people on the waiting list hoping to get in.

If you can’t make it for some reason, please let us know and we will give your spot to someone else. You can cancel your ticket here or send an email to


Don’t forget, we are at a new venue this year at the University of Canberra Inspire Centre.

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Building 25, University of Canberra/Pantowora St, Bruce ACT 2617


  • Registrations start at 9:30 with the first session starting at 10:00.
  • There are five 20 minute sessions in the morning, with lunch and cupcakes at 12:35.
  • The last session finishes at about 4pm, followed by lightening talks and the end of day gathering.
  • 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.


We are providing a lunch of pizza and (hopefully) sushi. There will be a little bit of soft drink to share, and lots of water. We will also have fresh fruit available.

If you have special dietary needs, we humbly suggest you bring your own lunch.


Acidlabs (one of our great supporters) has lined up espresso coffee which should provide at least one coffee for everyone (maybe 2). Feel free to bring your own mug or cup.


The venue has chilled filtered water, and we will have watering points at a few points in the venue. Feel free to bring your own water bottle.

Post-event drinks

After the event, we will head to the nearby Zierholz bar for some further great discussions

Recording talks

We hope to equip two rooms with audio and video recorders to capture the ideas from the day. At this stage, we don’t intend to livestream any talks. One room will be recording free for people who prefer to go that way.


The hashtag for this year is bccbr2013. Feel free to use this for photos to flickr or youtube videos 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

Namebadges and other things to bring

This year will will continue the tradition of asking people to bring along their own name tags. As you can see from the photo below, there is room for a bit of creativity in this.

Alastair's Nametag

You might also like to bring a water bottle to keep hydrated
(its ok, we’ll provide the water 😉 ).

What to bring

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

Sold out! Waiting list in effect.

I’m happy to report that all places for BarCamp Canberra 2013 have been claimed for this year! Hooray! That is 150 people keen to come to BarCamp!

If you’ve missed out on a spot – there is still a chance that you can come along. Go to the Eventbrite page and enter your details. If someone returns a ticket, the next person on the waiting list receives an email and then has 24 hours to register a ticket before it’s offered to the next person in line.

And if you have a ticket, and can’t make it for some reason – do make sure that you hand it back via the Eventbrite website.

Barcamp Canberra is almost here …

Only a week or two until BarCamp Canberra for 2013 – and it looks like things are shaping up pretty well.

142 of 150 places have been claimed – and I think we will ‘sell out’ before the day (if you can say that about a free event 😉 ). If you find that you can’t make it – its pretty easy to return your ticket via the Eventbrite website, or you can email for help. Your returned ticket might mean that someone else can participate – so its worth keeping in mind. We also provide lunch (pizza and sushi) and returning your ticket means that we can better match the catering needs.

We hope you are thinking about something to show on the day – if you are, or if there is something that you would like to hear about or discuss, post in the comments below. It would be great to get a hint about what might happen on the day 🙂

This year we hope to do better at recording/streaming the talks – so if you can’t make it on the day, you may not miss out entirely. Streaming details will be published closer to the event.

Entries in the cupcake competition at Barcamp Canberra 2012
And a reminder – there will be a cup cake competition during the afternoon break! If you start practising your recipe now, it should be a strong contender come judging time :). Last year this provided a great range of afternoon treats and interesting conversations. I can’t wait to see what we get this time.

Register now for Barcamp Canberra 2013

BarCamp Canberra is back for the sixth year on Saturday 16 March. (Don’t know what a BarCamp is – read below)

We’ll be in a brand new shiny venue, the Inspire Centre at the University of Canberra and you can expect a great line-up of speakers, fantastic coffee and the return of Cupcake camp for afternoon tea.

As always BarCamp Canberra is an unconference, with all attendees welcome to give a presentation on their favourite topics.

Register now to attend at:

We’re still seeking sponsors – if you’re willing to support us with dollars or inkind please contact us at

What’s a barcamp?
If you have been before, you’ll know what we means. But for a lot of people – it can be a bit of a puzzle.

Is there a bar? What sort of cocktails will they have? Are there tents? A campfire?

There’s a good explanation – but what you need to know is that BarCamp is a free volunteer run, non-commercial gathering to share ideas, meet new people and learn new stuff.

Anyone can speak, run a demonstration, host a discussion or even perform a song! Expect sessions to cover all kinds of topics, and vary in style. There is normally lots of interaction between speakers and audiences – asking questions and offering ideas. It’s a great place to discuss tricky problems with a diverse group of smart people.

Barcamp Canberra is part of a larger series of events across the world that share the BarCamp name and common aspects. They emerged from the tech scene in California – but now extend into many non-tech topics and communities.

Barcamp Canberra in past years has included a number of great talks regarding government and technology – reflecting both the location and the background of the BarCamp movement. While we can’t predict what people will want to present on, based on past years, you could expect talks on topics like solar panels, website development, map creation, soil science, open data, design – and many others.

Don’t be put off by the seemingly vague plan for the day – come and see, it just works.

Look for further announcements on this site and on Twitter at @barcampcanberra

What will you present on at BarCamp Canberra?

We’ve created a wiki page for people to nominate what they plan to present on at BarCamp Canberra.

If you are planning to speak, you may add your name and presentation topic at the BarCamp Canberra wiki.

If you do, we’ll have a post-it note with your presentation details ready for you when you arrive to stick on the schedule at the time and room of your choice.

We’d also like to see which topics you’d like to see discussed. You can add them to the wiki page as well.