Thanks for making BarCamp Canberra 2012 great

Thank you for for coming to BarCamp Canberra 2012, it was great to have such wonderful range of people bring their ideas to share.

As mentioned at the end of the event, it can be hard to explain to people what a BarCamp is, and how it works, so go forth and share your experience with others and encourage them to attend future BarCamps.

If you comment or post online about the event, let us know and we’ll link to it from the Barcamp Canberra website.

Survey

Each year we survey attendees to ask what worked well, and what could be improved. We would appreciate if you could complete the survey here to let us know what you thought of the day.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/barcampcanberra2012

Thank you to our sponsors

The venue, lunch, drinks and other features of BarCamp were only possible due to the support of our sponsors, the ANU, Acidlabs, C-Metrics, Delib, Ninefold, Palantir, Squiz and Funnelback. These organisations support the community and we encourage you to support them in return.
Please take a moment and visit their websites and, if any interest you, sign up to their newsletter, blog or twitter feed.  These companies and organisations have interesting ideas and services, they like barcamps and the people who attend, and really support the community.

Please volunteer

BarCamp Canberra is a volunteer run event and we are always looking for people who are willing and able to dedicate some time to support the planning, unorganising and on-the-day support needed to make the BarCamp successful.

if you are interested in helping out with future Canberra BarCamps in any capacity please email us at info@barcampcanberra.org.

Different levels of commitment can be catered for, from a few hours each week in the months before, to helping out on the day. Most planning is done electronically with occasional meetings over coffee  – so its flexible, friendly and efficient.

Ideas for future venues and sponsors

As an almost no-budget event, we are always on the lookout for sponsors and venues. ANU have provided fantastic venues for us over the last five years, but there is no guarantee that they will be able to continue to do so in the future. If you know a suitable venue, and you can help us secure it for no cost (not asking much are we?) than PLEASE let us know.

Also sponsors – we can’t hold an event like BarCamp without them, unless we charge money to attend, and we don’t want to do that. If you work in a company or can suggest one that might be interested in sponsoring future BarCamps please let us know. It can be big or small, cash or in kind. $250 and up is all it takes to make a significant contribution.

On behalf of all the Unorganised, thank you for attending BarCamp Canberra 2012. Without the community that attends the event there would not be one!

We hope to see all of you, plus your friends, at the next BarCamp Canberra!

Cheers,

The BarCamp Canberra Unorganisers

Gavin Tapp, Ruth Ellison, Craig Thomler, Stephen Collins, Stephen Dann, Sharen Scott, David Mackie, David Heacock, Kerry Webb, Sam Livingstone, Tim Conway ,Christopher Giffard, Kim Chatterjee

Barcamp today!

Barcamp Canberra 2012 starts at 9:00am today (Saturday)!

When

The day kicks off just after 9am – but if you want to arrive early to help setup, that is just fine. Look for the unorgnisers in blue shirts who can tell you where help is needed.

Where to go!

The College of Business and Economics, at Australian National University

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What to bring

  • A mug or keepcup. A mobile coffee van will be outside the building at about 10am, there will be free coffee for a while, but not all day.
  • A water bottle. Lots of water will be available (particularly if it rains).
  • Your smartphones, laptops, tablets or internet-capable sunglasses so you can participate online. The venue has wifi available for your use.
  • Your namebadge – create your own or recycle an old one
  • Your presentation – if you’re planning on giving one (and we encourage you to!)
  • cupcakes for the cupcake camp
  • ideas, energy and an open mind!
  • Camera, audio / video recorders to capture the magic speaking of which

Cupcake Competition

It would be a wonderful thing if you make and bring cupcakes to barcamp! There will be a very light and entertaining judging – but really, who doesn’t just like eating cake?

You will be captured!

Part of the nature of a Barcamp is that all aspects of the day are shared. Expect lots of tweeting, live streaming, cameras and video recording – even of the audience. If you don’t want to be included you can ask people to exclude you, but sometimes this may not be possible. After the day, you could ask people to untag you from photos or recordings – but its better to go with the flow of the event and be a full part of the event.

App Development

We’ve heard that one barcamper will be running an all day development session in the foyer, so if you would like to learn how apps are developed, or to help design and build an app make sure you find them.

Sharing during and after the event

If posting photos, video or tweets online – use the hashtag #barcampcbr and make sure you follow @barcampcanberra for important tweets before and on the day.

Our Sponsors

We’ve had support from a number of sponsors to put on Barcamp Canberra again this year. They are all doing interesting things, and worth seeking out and talking to. Some of them will even have freebies to give away!

Tickets

Tickets are still available, though there are only a few left. Grab a ticket from here.
If you can’t make it that’s no problem. Drop me an email and let me know gavin@solonode.com

About Barcamp

Ruth (one of the unorganisers) recently attended Melbourne Maker Faire where they posted this notice. We think this suits the ethos of Barcamp really well, and include it here for your consideration .

 – Do-ocracy: We’ve created this event and the spaces within it to provide makers the opportunity to showcase what they do. It’s your day and we want you to take advantage of it. We’re running this event with volunteer help, donated facilities and services, and limited funds. It will help us immensely if you to take ownership of your needs and help to make the day a great one for yourself and everyone else. You don’t need to ask permission to do something excellent, particularly where it won’t adversely effect others. If you see something that needs doing, or a problem that needs to be addressed, please step in and fix it yourself. If you’re in doubt whether your action is a good choice for others, whether it is safe or whether you can handle it alone, find a buddy and work on it together: grab another maker or a volunteer and work out a solution.

Switch the word ‘maker’ for ‘barcamper’ and I think you see what we like in this message. Its a free form day – so take full advantage by working together.

See you on Saturday.

Kind regards,

Gavin and your Unorganisers

Are you ready for Barcamp Canberra?

Barcamp Canberra 2012 is less than two weeks away!
We hope that you’ve been preparing yourself for what will be a day full of new insights and ideas.
Here are some things to think about:

If you can’t make Barcamp, let us know early!

Tickets sold out two weeks ago – but there’s people on the waiting list who would love to attend. We have increased the total number of tickets, but its likely the event will still ‘sell out’ (if you can say that for a free event!)
If you aren’t able to come, make sure you go to the eventbrite ticketing website to return your ticket – otherwise you may be depriving someone else of the opportunity to attend Barcamp.

Where to go!

The College of Business and Economics, at Australian National University
Link to Google map: http://g.co/maps/r2d4g

Can you lend us video/audio recording gear?

In past years we’ve tried to make audio audio or video recordings of every talk to make them available online after the event (except where people have asked not to be recorded).
If you have a video camera or audio recorder and are happy to either record sessions or lend the equipment to the Barcamp organisers for part or all of the day, please leave a comment to let us know.

You will be captured!

On that same note – part of the nature of Barcamps is that all aspects of the day are open to sharing. Expect lots of tweeting, live streaming, cameras and video recording – even of the audience. If you don’t want to be included you can ask people to exclude you, but sometimes this may not be possible. After the day, you could ask people to untag you from photos or recordings – but its better to go with the flow of the event and be a full part of the event.

If posting photos, video or tweets online – use the hashtag #barcampcbr and make sure you follow @barcampcanberra for important tweets before and on the day.

Cupcake camp

Last year we launched the first Barcamp Canberra Cupcake Camp (try saying that quickly) which proved to be very popular. We’ll be doing it again this year – though with greater focus on the eating and less on the competition! Yay! Cupcakes!

Details will be provided in a further email – but for now, start thinking about your favourite recipe.

BYO badges

To help minimise Barcamp’s costs and environmental impact we won’t be providing name tags. Please bring your own, either recycle from another event or, even better, make an original badge.

Dietary needs

We are still making final plans for lunch. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know as soon as possible so we can cater for you.

What to bring

  • Your presentation – if you’re planning on giving one (and we encourage you to!)
  • A mug or keepcup. We plan to have a barista onsite like last year, however coffee probably won’t be free all day (it pays to arrive on time).
  • A water bottle. Lots of water will be available (particularly if it rains).
  • Your smartphones, laptops, tablets or internet-capable sunglasses so you can participate online. The venue has wifi available for your use.
  • Your namebadge
  • cupcakes, ideas, energy and an open mind!

Supporting Barcamp

Barcamp Canberra is run by volunteers and is held thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

If you’re aware of any organisations that might wish to support Barcamp either this year or in future, please let us know.

Barcamp Canberra – On again, Saturday 17th March 2012

The 5th Canberra Barcamp is fast approaching – and if you have been before, you’ll know just what that means. But for a lot of people – its a new label, and probably a bit of a puzzle.

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

No? Then just what they heck is it? Let’s just say that there is a good explanation – but its probably not worth worrying about too much now.

What you need to know is that BarCamp is a gathering to share ideas, meet new people and learn new stuff. It is free to attend and is a voluntary run, non-commercial event.

Anyone can speak, run a demonstration, host a discussion or even perform a song! Expect sessions to cover all sorts of topics, and vary widely in style. There is normally a lot of interaction between the speaker and the crowd – each asking questions and offering ideas. Its a great place to bring tricky problems for discussion by a diverse group of smart people.

Barcamp Canberra is part of a larger series of events that happen across the world each sharing a name and a couple of 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. But a key thing about a self organising conference is that you can’t predict what the talks will be on the day. Based on past years, you could expect talks on solar panels, website development, creating maps, soil science – and any number of other things.

The magic of barcamp is the coming together of people with different skills and experience and seeing how they can share what they know for mutual benefit. Art meets science.

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

Look out for announcements on twitter @barcampcanberra

If you’ve been to a previous barcamp – how would you explain it to a newcomer? Post your ideas in the comments below.

BarCamp Canberra – Finished for 2011

BarCamp Canberra is finished for another year – but we would love to hear what you thought, and keep the conversations going.

As an unconference, its hard to predict what the day will bring – but no one was injured, and the new venue remained intact (which must be some small measure of success). About 130 people attended and there were about 50 talks. CupcakeCamp proved to be popular. There were zombies and pirates and Gov2.0 experts. Coffee and talk flowed freely. Lots of photos from the day have been posted to flickr.

If you came along – did you enjoy the day? Was there a particular session that you liked, or conversation that inspired you? Or was there something that you didn’t like or would do differently next year? Post a comment with your thoughts below. If you are a blogger – feel free to include a link to your blog post about BarCamp Canberra 2011.

BarCamp Canberra will be returning in 2012. If you are interested in becoming an unorganiser please let us know. BarCamp relies on your participation and there is always room for improvement. Getting involved is the best way to ensure that BarCamp Canberra stays awesome!

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.

Details:

  • 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: http://bcc2011-yumcha.eventbrite.com/

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!

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.

BarCamp Canberra 2011 is on

For the 4th year BarCamp Canberra is on!

With a brand new shiny venue in the ANU College of Business and Economics (Building 26C), we’re ready for a big day on 19 March, with room for 150 people to present, network, chat, listen, debate and share their visions, ideas and knowledge.

As ever, depending on you, the attendees, we’ll have speakers on topics such as:
Social Innovation, Gov 2.0,
Web, Design, Makers/Hackers,
Science Communication,
Skeptic/Critical Thinking,
Sustainability/Environmental,
interdisciplinary topics and more.

Sign up now for BarCamp Canberra 2011

And, while you’re here, you can join the BarCamp Canberra community, via Twitter, Lanyrd, SlideShare, Flickr, and the venerable Google Group.