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BarCamp Vancouver 2008 is a go

It’s always fascinating to watch these things come together – Camps used to come together on Google Groups, then they started happening on Facebook, and now, for this year’s BarCamp, I’ve watched things germinate on Twitter.

Registration has now opened for BarCamp Vancouver 2008, which is taking place on Saturday, September 27th and and Sunday, September 28th.

What is BarCamp? It’s a self-organizing conference on the topic of technology rooted in conversations. Personally, that’s my favorite part, because you don’t need to be super-technical to talk about what makes technology neat. It certainly doesn’t hurt ;), but by far what resonates with me about BarCamps is passion: to see things better, easier, faster, more effective, more awesome!

Karen Fung and Richard Eriksson at BarCamp Toronto 2006, photo by Roland Tanglao.
Photo: Roland Tanglao

It’s been a while since I went to a real BarCamp, since I missed MooseCamp at Northern Voice for another conference, and last year’s BarCamp for the Philippines. In fact, if my memory serves me correctly, my last BarCamp may have been BarCampEarth in Toronto in 2006. Almost two years ago!?!?! Lots has happened since then, but it’s certainly been looming large in my thoughts this whole time, and as a result, I have some larger, ambitious, actual goals going into this year’s event:

  • Looking forward to WordPress Camp in order to bling out my web presence just a tad. I don’t know what I’m doing yet, but at least when I do know I’ll know how to show it off. ;)
  • Learning about people’s perceptions of and experiences with unconferences. What do other people do to make them successful? What do people like and don’t like about them? What do people do when they hit the wall (like I usually do around 3pm)? How do the non-techies like them – helpful or not?
  • I hope to have a conversation (or maybe even a session!) along the lines of David Eaves’ recent post on Mozilla about getting more non-uber-geeks thinking about – and possibly contributing to – open source, open web, and open everything. As Dave Eaves says, the open web is a social movement.

Hope to see you there! Sign up before space runs out!

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