Thursday, September 20, 2007

Monday, August 06, 2007

BarCampRDU Wrapup

BarCampRDU 2007 was awesome!

Thank you to the volunteers, organizers, sponsors and donors who made this event possible. A special note of thanks to Red Hat for allowing us to use their facilities again this year.

I was blown away by the quality of the sessions, there were so many interesting topics covered during the day. I was also impressed by the number of new and returning BarCampers - our community has expanded substantially. This year, over 200 people stopped by for all or part of the day, making it the largest BarCampRDU to date. :)

Thanks again for everyone who worked hard to make this event possible! BarCampRDU rocked.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

And now a hat tip to BarCampRDU's sponsors and donors

As BarCampRDU 2007 approaches, I'd like to take a minute to thank the sponsors and donors who have made this event possible. First, a big thanks to RedHat for the generous donation of their facilities. Without RedHat, BarCampRDU 2007 would not be possible.

Next, I'd like to thank our sponsors. Our sponsors make the pre-party, breakfast and lunch, the awesome BarCampRDU T-shirts and banner, snacks and supplies possible. Without them BarCamp wouldn't be as awesome as it is. Our sponsors:

Next, a thanks to the donors who make various parts of BarCampRDU so much better. First, a big thank you to DisruptorMonkey and The Sinclair Institute, who are making espresso catering possible. That's right, these two wonderful companies have banded together to provide free espresso, lattes and a whole lot more all day long. I have a feeling this is going to be a huge hit!

Finally, a thanks to perennial donors Ibiblio and the Pragmatic Programmers. Ibiblio provides mailing lists and technical support, while the Pragmatic Programmers will be donating their wonderful books to be raffled off.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the work of the many organizers, volunteers and designer extraordinarie Kelly Marks, the creator of the shirts and banners. Thank you to all involved. And I look forward to seeing you at BarCampRDU 2007!

T-Minus 4 Days to BarCampRDU

Here are some quick notes about BarCamp, the pre-party, and what we need.
If you have any questions, check the wiki:

1) The pre-party will be Friday evening at Tylers Taproom in Durham. It
will start at 7:30 and end around 9:30. Come out and enjoy free food and
drinks and mingle with fellow BarCampers!

2) Doors for BarCampRDU will open at 8AM on Saturday - so get here early to
get a T-shirt and a wonderful breakfast. Parking will be in the deck
directly adjacent to RedHat HQ in Centennial Campus. Of course all
directions and logistic information are on the wiki.

3) We still need a few people to bring projectors, and we still need a few
people to volunteer. And we need lots of people to bring power strips,
extension cords, so we have tons of power to go around. Make sure
everything you bring is *clearly labeled* with your name and email address.

4) Just like last year, we'll have a resume swap at BarCampRDU. We'll set
up a table in the main room for this. Folks on the job market, bring a few
copies of your resume. Employers, feel free to peruse the resumes or bring
your own job announcements.

Finally, a big thank you to our wonderful sponsors:

* Red Hat - Venue Sponsor.
* The Aurora Funds
* iContact
* rPath
* 6th Sense Analytics
* Alterthought
* Council for Entrepreneurial Development
* Carrboro Coworking

Without them, BarCampRDU wouldn't be possible!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Help with BarCampRDU

Just under two weeks to go till BarCampRDU, and we're very busy with preparations. We need your help with a few things:

1) Wireless routers: We need people to bring wireless routers to BarCampRDU. Without them, we won't have internet. If you can bring your wireless router, please add your name to the wiki (we need about 10 more people to do this).

2) Projectors: We have two people bringing projectors (thank you), but we need a few more (3-4) of you to bring your projectors. If you can bring a projector, please add your name to the wiki.

3) Volunteers: We need 10 people to be BarCampRDU volunteers. Volunteers will help during registration, aid in setup, etc. If you'd like to volunteer, please add your name to the wiki.

4) PA System: If someone has a PA system they can bring, that would be great. Please contact me directly if you can help me out with this.

Finally, announcements. The BarCampRDU pre-party will be held August 3 at Tyler's Taproom in Durham. The party will go from 7:30-9:30, and will feature free food, drinks and pool. Come out to mingle and enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up, to everyone who has helped out, and most importantly, our sponsors who make the day possible.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Sign up for BarCampRDU 2007

I'm happy to announce that signups for BarCampRDU 2007 are now open. To sign up, simply go over to the BarCampRDU wiki ( and add your name and information under the Campers section (

BarCampRDU 2007 will take place August 4, 2007 at Red Hat Headquarters in Raleigh, NC - just like last year. We're fully sponsored (thanks!) and looking forward to a great event.

At this point, I'd like all people who'd like to help with organization of the event to email me - I *really* need help this year, I'm looking for 6-8 fellow organizers to spread the work around.

As a final note, please note that the Wiki may be locked when you attempt to edit it. We ran into this problem last year - if you come back a little later, it will probably be unlocked. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thanks everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing you at BarCampRDU 2007.

Monday, June 04, 2007

BarCampRDU 2007 Updates: Date change, Sponsorships, and Call for Organizers

Hope you're having a wonderful June so far. Here are a few updates regarding BarCampRDU 2007.

1) Most important, the date of BarCampRDU has been changed to August 4, 2007. Originally the date of BarCampRDU coincided with with the Ruby Hoedown (, which looks like an excellent conference for Ruby programmers.

2) A number of sponsors have stepped up to support BarCampRDU. They are:

The Aurora Funds (2nd year)
rPath (2nd year)
6th Sense Analytics (2nd year)
CED (2nd year)
Carrboro Coworking

Thank you so much to all of our sponsors. We still have $1800 outstanding in our sponsorship budget, so if you or your company would like to sponsor BarCampRDU, please contact me directly.

3) Organizers. If you would like to be on the organizing committee of BarCampRDU, please contact me directly. Organizers will be responsible for pulling BarCampRDU off - last year about 7 of us made BarCampRDU happen. Please contact me directly to be an organizers.

Additionally, I am looking for a main organizer. This person will be responsible for coordinating all of the organizers. Due to some travel, I am unable to take this role this year. Experience with unconference or conference management is a big plus for the organizer role. Again, please contact me directly to schedule an interview.

As you can see, a lot of progress has been made toward BarCampRDU. In July, we will open the signups up, but don't worry you'll have plenty of warning!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

BarCampRDU 2007

I'm pleased to announce BarCampRDU 2007. This one-day unconference will be held August 11, 2007 at the Red Hat headquarters in Raleigh, NC. There is a conflict at RedHat. Working on a new date. The purpose of this message is to act as a "save the date" and solicitation for those interested in sponsoring BarCamp.

About sponsorships:
In just one week, BarCampRDU has fulfilled almost 50% of its sponsorship goals. However, we still have $2600 outstanding that we need pledged. If your company would like to sponsor BarCampRDU, please contact Fred Stutzman at The minimum sponsorship is $300.

About registration:
Registration for BarCampRDU will be announced far in advance this summer. It will occur on the wiki, just like last year, and it will be first-come-first-served. We'll have a waitlist and we anticipate allowing 150-175 attendees.

Organizers committee:
If you'd like to join the organizing committee of BarCampRDU, please contact Fred Stutzman at The organizing committee meets periodically and ensures that tasks are completed for BarCamp. Please note, being on the organizing committee is not a nominal position - it requires significant work, so please only volunteer if you can commit to this effort.

I'm very excited to announce this event. With a location and sponsors, we're well on our way to another very successful BarCamp. With the support of the community, organizers, volunteers and sponsors, I'm positive we're going to have a great event.