160 geeks descended on Red Hat headquarters this July for an educational experience--but they entered the event without a schedule, a list of sessions, or an admission fee. Red Hat provided the space. Organizers and participants came bearing routers and other donated items. This was BarCamp, and they were counting on their companions to bring the expertise that would turn this gathering into a conference. Or unconference, as they say.The rest can be read here - check it out!
Grassroots organization isn't just for politics anymore.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
This weekend, over 150 geeks of all flavor gathered at Red Hat HQ on NC State's Centennial Campus to have a BarCamp. I'm still recovering, but I think it is safe to say the event was a success, and a great model for future BarCamps in the area. It was just a fantastic, positive experience to bring all sorts of different folks together, from all walks, and to spend the day sharing, collaborating and learning. With help from Paul Jones, here's a roundup of the BarCampRDU coverage.
- News and Observer: Techies Flock to Red Hat
- WRAL Local Tech Wire: BarCamp, The "Unconference" For Lovers Of Technology, Comes To Triangle
- WRAL Tech Talk: Triangle Techies Heading for a BarCamp
- ZDNet: Live from BarCampRDU
- Fiona Morgan, award-winning reporter from the Independent was also present.
- Paul Jones: BarCampRDU is great success
- Robbie Allen: BarCampRDU was a success!
- Michael Habib: Notes from BarCampRDU..
- Adam Constabaris: BarCampRDU Wrapup
- Many more at del.icio.us and Technorati
- Flickr photos tagged with 'barcamprdu'
- Red Hat, and Greg DeKoenigsberg
- Henry Nguyen - PA
- Larry's Beans, Chuck Messer and the folks at Tackle Design - Coffee
- Andy Hunt and the Pragmatic Programmers - Book Donations
- Ryan Cox (coordinator) and Manning Publications - Book Donations
- Ibiblio - Invaluable listservs
- Kelly Marks - Designer of the awesome T-shirts and Banner
- The Merch - Screenprinters of the awesome T-shirts
- Lourdes Cueva Chacon
- Wayne Sutton
- Adam Constabaris
- Michael Habib
- Ben Adlard
- Scott Lundgren
- Jerry Waller
- Didier Deshommes
- Katie Jamison
- Erica Tsai
At the beginning of an unconference, it is common to ask for a show of hands to see how many people had attended an unconference before. I did this at the beginning of BarCampRDU, and I'd say about 5% of the room raised their hands. The beauty of the format is that once you do it, you get it - and can see its uses in many different contexts. At the end of the day, many people were talking about doing smaller unconferences, unconferences within their companies, and so on. Of course, there was also a lot of talk about when the next BarCampRDU was going to be. I do believe a hallmark of this event's success will be the fact it lives on. Hopefully, many more will be able to experience triangle-area BarCamps in the future; I have a good feeling this was just the first of many BarCamps will have in the area.
PS - If I've forgotten anyone on my thank you's, please let me know so I can add them to this list. My apologies in advance.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
1) I've been gardening the wiki to prepare it for BarCampRDU. Check it out at http://barcamp.org/BarCampRDU.
2) We still need people to bring Wireless routers. If you can bring yours, add your name to the list here: http://barcamp.org/BarCampRDU
3) We've got plenty of space left for the party Friday night at Tylers. So come out, mingle, get your badge, and enjoy free food and drinks. Come hungry and thirsty! The event is from 7 to 9PM at Tyler's in Durham (American Tobacco Campus, near the Durham Bulls stadium).
4) The doors for BarCampRDU will open at the ridiculously early time of 8AM. You can come early and avoid lines and make sure we're got your t-shirt size in stock. We'll have breakfast and coffee ready for you, as well.
5) The lunch for BarCampRDU will be from Neomonde Deli. Neomonde is excellent Mediterranean food, so there will be plenty of vegetarian options.
6) Resume Swap is still on. If you're in the market for a job, bring a couple paper copies of your resume. I know a few companies will be looking to talk with candidates at BarCampRDU!
Finally, we've cleared the waiting lists and opened BarCampRDU up to everyone who wanted to attend. We're so happy that you all could make it. Weather looks hot for Saturday but now *as hot* as its been lately. Sunday's high is 81, holy cow!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
- BarCampRDU doors will open at 8AM on Saturday. Get here early to avoid the rush.
- We need people to bring WAPs. Can you bring yours? If so, configure i to broadcast "BarCampRDU" as the SSID. You'll just plug it in the wall on the day of. Label your WAP.
- We need people to bring power strips AND extension cords. Bring one and share alike. Label your cords and power strips.
- BarCamp confirmed attendance is at almost 120, and we've got a few spots left for the pre-event. If you haven't confirmed, do it now as you'll lose your spot on Thursday!
- BarCamp will end around 6, rather than 5:30. This is so we can accomodate 4 afternoon time slots.
A BarCamp without coffee is a particularly frightening thought. Besides the general chaos and revolt that would take place, we wouldn't get anything done. Chuck and his team have kindly solved this problem for us!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Today, the barcamp.org site went down for most of the day, so we'll extend the signup deadline by a day. As right now, we're at 88 confirmed attendees. We expected some attrition, but - if you know someone who has signed up that hasn't confirmed, please ping him or her.
Some other things to plan for - we'll need people to bring the following things to BarCampRDU:
- Power strips - If you're coming to BarCampRDU, bring a power strip! We're going to need lots of power at the event.
- Wireless Access Points - Yes, BarCampRDU needs connectivity. Bring your WAP from home, and you can just plug it into the wall at RedHat. We're really going to need people to bring these - a conference like BarCamp uses tons of bandwidth, so the more WAP's, the better. I'll send more info on this as we get close to the event.
- Projectors - We will need a few people to bring projectors. We can wrangle a few up from RedHat, but we need a few people to volunteer.
Today, we picked up the BarCampRDU T-shirts and they are awesome!!!! Thanks to Kelly Marks for donating her time and patience!
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
In just a few days, it will be two weeks until BarCampRDU! Very exciting.
We've got a very long waiting list for BarCamp, and I'd like to accommodate as many of these folks as possible. To do this, I've got to have a good count on how many people are coming to BarCamp.
The task is simple - if you are a registered BarCamper, I will need you to add your name to a list of "confirmed attendees". This has been a requirement since we started taking names on the wiki, so no groaning.
There are a few rules:
- If you are in the list of 150, you need to add your name to the confirmed list. Please don't remove your name from the list of 150 on the front page, you just need to add it to the confirmed list. If you are not in the 150, you may not add your name to the confirmed list.
- You have until 5PM on Tuesday, July 18th to do this. If your name isn't on the confirmed list at this time, you will lose your spot and someone from the waiting list will get it.
- When you add your name to the confirmed list, we will use your spelling and formatting on the badges. You may also include your company affiliation if you would like this printed on the badges.
- Work together. If your friend is signed up for BarCamp and hasn't put their name on the list, send them an email and remind them. We don't want people to lose their spots just because they didn't read this post.
Here are the all-important links:
Confirmed Attendees List: http://barcamp.org/BarCampRDUConfirmedAttendees
Pre-Event Signup: http://barcamp.org/BarCampRDUPreEventSignup
So, BarCampers - we're in the final stretch. Just add your name to the confirmed attendee list, and you're all good. I've tried to keep this as simple as possible, so I hope you'll understand. Let me know if you have any questions!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
If you're coming to BarCampRDU (or are just a supporter), and you'd like to show it on your Blog or Website, we've got a chicklet for you! Thanks to Kurt Schlatzer of 6th Sense Analytics for the contribution.
Here's the ckicklet:
You can either upload a copy of this image to your blog (probably recommended), or link through with this code snippet (I had to break the URL into two lines to make it fit on the page, so make sure you fix that when you place on your website).
If you create a chicklet, just sent it to me at fred @ metalab.unc.edu and I'll add it to this page!
Monday, June 26, 2006
This morning, Larry's beans of Raleigh stepped up and volunteered to donate all the beans we need for BarCampRDU! Larry's is a great roaster that is absolutely dedicated to Fair Trade - jiving very well with the BarCamp mentality. Larry's has got lots of great beans to choose from, and you can find their coffee all over the states. We're really excited to be drinking their Java at BarCamp (hey, and if they want to lead a BarCamp session on roasting beans, I'm sure that more than just a few geeks would turn out for it). Oh yeah, check out the Veggie Bus while you are at it.
Thanks to these three excellent companies for their wonderful donations to BarCamp.
Next, I'm really happy to announce that two publishers that really need no introduction, Manning Publications and The Pragmatic Programmers, will be donating a bunch of books to be given away at BarCampRDU. Talk about two top-notch publishers. I'm not sure if we'll just give the books away or make them door prizes of sorts, we'll have to figure that out. As I envision people will be stampeding to get free books by these excellent publishers, maybe I'll figure out some trivia or something.
Friday, June 23, 2006
According to their website, Lulu is "the web's premier independent publishing marketplace for digital do-it-yourselfers. It's the only place on the web where you can publish, sell and buy any and all things digital - books, music, comics, photographs, movies and well, you get the idea. We simply provide the tools that leave control of content in the hands of the people who created the content."
As a graduate student in UNC's SILS program, we often call Lulu "SILS East" because they keep hring our best grads. That, combined with the absolute top-notch products they create (you should see the quality of the graphic novels they create - stunning), makes Lulu one of my favorite local companies - and the type of innovator we think fits perfectly at BarCampRDU. Lulu's sponsorship completes fundraising for BarCampRDU - which means the pre-BarCampRDU social event on the night of July 21 is a go (more details about that shortly). Thanks to Lulu, and to all of our sponsors - BarCampRDU wouldn't be as awesome without you.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Here's a little bit about Blogads from their website: "Bloggers are the ultimate intellectual entrepreneurs and blogs are where opinions get made these days. Blogs are among the few intimate, authentic spaces left on the Internet and, as such, are a uniquely powerful place for advertisers to break through the Internet's gazillion page impression clutter. We think that by banding together, bloggers can articulate, define and get properly compensated for the unique value they deliver to advertisers."
I love their great blogads, and the blogads manifesto is a worthy read (any manifesto that cites Duncan Watts and indirectly cites Jon Kleinberg is right up my alley). I'd like to thanks Blogads - and use this as an invitation to invite other sponsors to come and support the pre-BarCampRDU festivities. We're looking forward to a weekend built around sharing and collaboration - what better way to kick that off than with a social hour?
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
I know that a lot of us already know CED - but here's a little bit about them from their site: "The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high growth, high impact entrepreneurial companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina. With more than 4,000 active members representing over 1,100 companies, CED is the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation." The CED blog is here.
I know a lot of folks coming out to BarCampRDU are entrepreneurs - Web 2.0 has inspired many of us to start forming world-changing ventures. Hopefully I can convince some of the CED folks to plan a session or two - I know many of us could benefit from their guidance.
Now, a note about pre- and post-BarCampRDU sessions. These sessions will be an excellent opportunity for companies who didn't get a chance to fund BarCampRDU to join as a sponsor. You'll be listed as an official sponsor, your logos will be on the T-shirts and signage, and you'll get all the good karma from bringing BarCampers together over great food and drinks. If you're interested, drop me a line at fred @ metalab.unc.edu, and I'll explain everything.
Monday, June 12, 2006
A little about Aurora from their website: "The Aurora Funds is a venture capital firm that provides capital, connections and strategic guidance to entrepreneurs with early-stage healthcare and information technology companies. Founded in 1994, Aurora manages over $200 million in five venture funds. The firm's six investment professionals have over 100 years of combined venture capital investing and operational experience. The Aurora team has managed investments in over 60 companies, resulting in five IPOs and eight M&A transactions to date."
The BarCampRDU organizing committee will meet soon and we'll discuss what we'll be doing for breakfast, snacks and materials - you can watch our progress on the wiki. Thank you to Aurora for their generous sponsorship. Their sponsorship keep us fed, refreshed and ready to create and collaborate.
I'm really excited that rPath has sponsored BarCampRDU. As a long-time linux guy, I'm pretty blown away by their product - here is their description: "rPath provides rBuilder and rPath Linux, the first platform for creating and maintaining software appliances. Software appliances bring the simplicity and value of Software as a Service (SaaS) to on-premise application deployments. Using rBuilder, application providers can migrate to a high-value, software subscription model while reducing their development and QA costs."
rPath will be well-represented at BarCampRDU, so we'll get a good chance to see rBuilder and talk to the brains behind it. I can't tell you how pleased I am that we've got such cool, generous sponsors. Their generosity will help make BarCampRDU the special event it is going to be, and we owe them sincere thanks.
Friday, June 09, 2006
At this time, I'd like to formally issue the call for Organizers and Volunteers. Basically, I'm setting up two different levels of commitment, depending on how much time you have.
Organizers will be responsible for the actual logistics of BarCamp. Organizers will work with me setting up catering, getting refreshments, making nametags, herding our lovely sponsors, spec'ing out the site and thinking about and planning for every possible contingency. It won't be a huge time commitment, but it will take effort. You'll be expected to come to a few meetings, you'll brainstorm tasks, and you'll be expected to carry them out. If you think this is up your alley - let me know. *Please only volunteer to be an organizer if you have time.* I'll need 5 folks to step up to this role.
Volunteers will be our day-of folks. They will man the tables, help set up and tear down, help with the catering, help with computer trouble, guide lost BarCampers, moderate the product demo sessions, and generally be the people that make BarCamp run smoothly and effortlessly. This is less of a time commitment, but these positions are absolutely key. And don't worry - being a volunteer won't completely eat up your day - you'll definitely be able to enjoy a big part of BarCamp. I'll need 10 folks to be the BarCamp volunteers.
If you're interested in stepping up and being a BarCampRDU organizer or volunteer, just drop me a line at fred at metalab.unc.edu
As a result, I've added a waiting list to BarCampRDU. Once we hit 150 signups, folks who want to attend BarCampRDU should start adding their names to the waiting list. It is a simple fact that not everyone who has claimed the first 150 spots will be able to come - family, the beach, travel, or just the desire to sleep in on a Saturday will claim some attendees. So don't worry - just add your name to the waiting list and we'll sort it out. The one thing I request is you respect the order of the waitlist queue - I want to be fair to folks.
I should also note that our sponsors need not worry about being shut out of the event. We'll be reserving spaces for our sponsors to show our appreciation for their amazing generosity.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Here's a little about 6th Sense: 6th Sense Analytics is the first and only on-demand solution to enable software development professionals to quantify their activities in real time. While every other aspect of business has the ability to quantify its activities, until now software development (and other engineering development areas) are devoid of any metrics to drive decision-making. 6th Sense’s unique solution integrates with leading development tools to observe and measure the activities being conducted and resulting artifacts.
A cool company with a cool product, I'm incredibly grateful to 6th Sense for stepping up with this generous sponsorship. If you'd like to find out more about 6th Sense, cruise over to their website. On behalf of all BarCampers, I'd like to personally thank 6th Sense for helping to make BarCamp awesome.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Dear Brilliant Geek/Author/Businessperson/Coder/Hacker/Artist/Musician/Guru,
You're invited to BarCampRDU!
A BarCamp (http://BarCamp.org) is an free, open-source unconference, where folks gather to learn, teach and geek out. What's an unconference? Unconferences are like a regular conference, except that anyone can lead a session. As a result, a wide range of interests and skill levels are represented - making for an fun and unconventional teaching and learning experience.
BarCampRDU will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2006 at the Raleigh, NC headquarters of Red Hat, located on the NC State Centennial Campus. BarCampRDU is free to attend, but we're limited to the first 150 folks who sign up. To sign up to attend, add your name to the BarCampRDU wiki, located at http://barcamp.org/BarCampRDU. The conference is already almost 1/3 full of a lot of names you'll recognize!
As BarCamp is a free event, we'll need sponsors to cover the costs of feeding, hydrating and caffeinating the campers. If you or your company would like to sponsor BarCamp, contact Fred Stutzman at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your contact info on the wiki. Sponsors are absolutely crucial for making this event a success, so please consider sponsorship.
Thanks for thinking about attending BarCampRDU. It is going to be a great event, and we look forward to seeing you there.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Now, you don't need to claim a session to present at BarCamp, but if you do, it will help you get the word out, and it will help you find collaborators if you want to co-lead a session. BarCamps are very fluid, so please welcome people who want to work with you on a topic.
Now, quickly, a note about topics. Present about whatever you know and love. You want to lead a session about advanced refactoring techniques? Fine. A session about blogging for beginners? Fine. A session about robotics, or electronic music, or volunteering? Fine. A healthy spread of topics covering a variety of skill levels makes for the best unconferences. You may have 1 or 100 people in your session, but as long as you're teaching, learning and enjoying yourself - you've doing absolutely the right thing.
In other news, we've already got 40 BarCampers signed up! That's fantastic - make sure you tell your friends to sign up early, because we're going to be space and resource-limited to about 150 folks. Robin Dunbar would be proud.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Bar Camp RDU will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2006 in Raleigh. A Bar Camp is a free, open meeting of people interested in teaching and learning about new technologies. Bar Camp is limited to 150 participants, so to find out more and to register, please visit the Bar Camp RDU website at http://barcamp.org/BarCampRDU, or simply Google "Bar Camp RDU".The spacing is there on purpose - this is for radio DJ's to read on the air. If there are any radio stations I've missed, feel free to send this PSA over to them.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Here's some other valuable information:
Monday, May 29, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
A BarCamp is an unconference where people interested in a wide range of technologies come together to teach and learn. Unfamiliar with unconference? Here's the idea in a nutshell. Rather than having scheduled speakers, everyone pitches sessions the morning of the BarCamp. Those sessions are put on a schedule, and lots of little groups form for intense group learning. Yeah, its different from a regular conference - but it works!
The idea of an unconference came together when people realized the best times they were having at conferences were the times between sessions - where people with like interests could meet ad hoc. The goal of BarCamp is to facilitate this type of interaction for an entire day. We supply the food, the space, the wireless, the projectors - you show up to teach and learn.
To make BarCamp successful, we need campers, space, and sponsors. We're working on the latter two - we just need you to sign up and come!
Saturday, May 27, 2006
- We're still looking for a venue. A number of folks have feelers out to spaces around the triangle, so we'll hope to start shoring something up next week.
- We're still looking for sponsors. I've contacted a few local companies, but if you know of any companies that might like to sponsor BarCamp, feel free to send them my way. The sooner we can shore up sponsors, the better.
- The wiki has been updated with a newsfeed, which is fed from BarCampRDU.blogspot.com.
- 17 potential campers have signed up on the wiki. There's been some blogging coverage, and I've contacted the Independent. Once we get a date, we can really start pushing blogger coverage of the event. That's how we're going to get the word out.
- I'm looking at the Druham Bulls schedule to see if I can coordinate with a game before/after the event.