Next month sees the return of BarCamp Scotland after last years huge success meet up. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend last year, but this year, the date has priority in my diary. So what is BarCamp?
What is BarCamp Scotland?
Mentioned the word “BarCamp” to me last year and I too would of been confused!
In basic terms, BarCamp is a conference with an informal approach, events are less organised and tend to happen more spontaneously. But unlike conferences, BarCamp is a two way affair, where attendees can help by give talks or demos, offering premises to hold the event, supply food and drink, help with administration etc. Like BarCamp Scotland, these ad-hoc un-conferences tend to centre around technology related subjects, although there have been other non-tech related BarCamp’s.
So in summary if a traditional conference is propriety software, then a BarCamp is open source software.
BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats.
Wikipedia explanation of BarCamp
BarCamp Scotland 2008 starts at 10am and finishes at 9pm on Saturday the 2nd of February. Additionally this year, BarCamp has pre-launch cocktail party on the 1st, more details below:-
BarCamp Scotland will be held on Saturday the 2nd of February 2008 from 10.00 to 21.00 GMT in the Concourse of the Appleton Tower at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The night before on Friday, the 1st of February, BarCampScotland will be launch with a cocktail party and presentations on “Digital Arts, Sound Design and Media” in the Alison House in the School of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. BarCamp Scotland will start at 18.00 on Friday and end at 21.00.
Friday night will be “Digital Arts and Media”; Saturday’s theme will be “Web 2.0, Social Networking (Facebook especially), The Intersection of Arts and Informatics, The Intersection of Cleantech and Information Technology, Mobile applications, Open Innovation, Software as a Service, Consumer robotics applications, Educational Software, eLearning, Web 3.0 and Virtual Worlds and Environments”.
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