Media Release (25/2/14)

MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BARCAMP CANBERRA RETURNS FOR SEVENTH YEAR

Bringing together hundreds of Canberrans for a day of ad-hoc presentations and workshops, BarCamp Canberra will be held this year on Saturday 15 March at the Gungahlin Library.

The event brings together people from a wide range of disciplines to present on topics such as social innovation, Gov 2.0, web, technical development, science communication, critical thinking, sustainability and the environment.

“BarCamp is one of the most fluid and exciting events in Canberra, attracting presenters from all walks of life speaking on topics they are passionate about,” said Gavin Tapp, Lead Unorganiser for BarCamp Canberra.

As a free, volunteer-run event, BarCamp ‘unorganisers’ book the venue, promote the event and then get out of the way, allowing participants to self-organise on the day.
This approach has been highly successful, with attendance growing from 60 people in 2008 to over 150 in 2013.

For 2014 the unorganisers are anticipating over 200 attendees, with 25 per cent of tickets booked with 24 hours of release.

This year, Barcamp has partnered with Inspiring Australia, a national strategy for engagement with the sciences.

“Canberra is a hotbed of innovation and science capability, focused around its strengths in government services, ICT, creativity, defence, space sciences, plant biology and medicine,” said Anh Nguyen, the Inspiring Australia ACT Officer.

“By supporting initiatives that critically engage the local community with issues that matter to them, Inspiring Australia aspires to build an innovative society of well-informed decision makers.”

Registrations for BarCamp are currently open by visiting www.barcampcanberra.org About BarCamp Canberra
BarCamp Canberra is a free one-day volunteer-run ‘user-generated’ unconference operating on a not-for-profit basis.

This year BarCamp Canberra will be held at Gungahlin Library, supporting 200 attendees and three simultaneous presentation or workshop streams.

As an unconference, BarCamp doesn’t have set speakers or an agenda. On the morning of the event attendees nominate to speak, writing their presentation names on post-it notes and sticking them to a schedule on butcher’s paper.

Each presentation is roughly 20 minutes long and attendees can choose which they attend, moving between rooms throughout the day.

This bottom-up approach is what makes BarCamp unique, as anyone can speak on any topic, allowing for wide-ranging discussions and unique presentations.
For more information on Barcamp Canberra, visit – www.barcampcanberra.org

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Media contact:
Craig Thomler, UnOrganiser BarCamp Canberra M: 0411 780 194 E: craig.thomler@gmail.com

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