April 22nd, 2008

BarCampPortland: Five reasons to attend


[Editor: Leave it to Dawn Foster---chair of Legion of Tech, publisher of Portland is Awesome, and blogger at Fast Wonder---to over deliver. I asked for five reasons to attend BarCampPortland, and she graciously composed an entire post. So, without further ado...]

BarCampPortland:
Portland Geek Culture: building an active tech community in Portland, Oregon

BarCamp PortlandBarCampPortland is an unconference for the Portland tech community, produced by the Portland tech community. It is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. BarCampPortland is also an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. You never quite know what to expect at BarCamp.

The event will be held on May 2, 3, and 4th at CubeSpace. When you arrive on Friday, there will be an agenda framework (times / rooms), but the content for the sessions will be decided by the participants. You can expect interesting topics, cool people, wifi, fun activities, and more!

You can watch this BarCamp video if you want to learn more about the BarCamp format and concept.

5 reasons to attend

  1. The participants set the agenda. No big, corporate conference planners deciding what you want to hear; you get to decide what we talk about!
  2. Fun! We have plans for evening werewolf, other games, and maybe even a movie on Saturday night.
  3. You get to hang out with cool people. Last year about 250 of the coolest people in the Portland tech community attended.
  4. The format is highly interactive: you can ask questions, contribute, and participate. Keep in mind that roundtable discussions work better than presentations at BarCamp.
  5. All topics are welcome: open source, wiki, programming, knitting, online communities, science fiction, and much more. Get creative with your topics. Want more time on a topic or want to hold an adhoc discussion? We have plenty of flexibility built into the BarCamp format.
  6. Bonus: You can get a cool t-shirt if you donate to BarCampPortland by april 26th. Design by Brash Creative will be announced mid-week.

If you have not yet RSVPed on Upcoming, please do it now. Having an accurate count of attendees really helps us plan the event!

Holding events can be expensive, so we are still looking for sponsors. None of the organizers make any money on the event – all of the sponsorship money goes toward event costs. The more money we raise, the more we can do for the event. If your company is interested in sponsoring, please contact Selena Decklemann (selenamarie on gmail).

For more information, visit the BarCampPortland wiki.

Silicon Florist is a proud sponsor of BarCampPortland.

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7 Responses to “BarCampPortland: Five reasons to attend”

  1. Joanna says:

    I, myself, am terribly excited for my first BarCamp and all of the surely fascinating things that will be shared! Including perhaps my first Werewolf game! :)

  2. I too am excited for my first barcamp. I’m so excited I even volunteered to help out. Plus the idea of maybe playing Werewolf again after 7+ years is pretty cool too.

  3. sean wiese says:

    Hopeing to find a way to make it at least part day on saturday. need to arrainge kid-sitter, etc for that to happen though. very tentative right now, but hopeful.

  4. Matt King says:

    Shirts are awesome, make sure you get one!

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