October 13th, 2010

BarCamp Portland 4 could use your help

BarCamp Portland 4 could use your help

It’s no secret that I believe in supporting the free events here in Portland. I firmly believe that companies who can step up to sponsor these events are fostering the survival, development, and maturation of the Portland startup and tech community. What’s more, a little bit goes a long way.

Well, it may be time to cough up that little bit if you’re in a position to do so. You see, BarCamp Portland could use your help.

Okay. Whoa. Back up. What in tarnation is a BarCamp?

Well, it’s a conference. With no schedule until you get there. Not tracks. No topics. Just a big group of people who figure out the conference and the topics together. It’s an unconference.

What’s more, the BarCamp format is that format which has been adapted and adopted for practically any “camp” you attend around here. It’s the basis for a great deal of our face-to-face events. And so BarCamp Portland is rightfully the grandaddy and/or grandmother of all Portland camps.

BarCamp Portland is a free, annual event planned by the local technical community. The ideas, innovations, and conversations generated at BarCamp shape the landscape of Portland’s future – and its reputation for creative leadership.

Attendees of the previous three Portland BarCamps have garnered attention in the traditional news media, such as the New York Times and CNN. Others have gone on to contribute to popular online venues, such as ReadWriteWeb and Wikipedia. Some are re-inventing your life as you read this, developing the Android and iPhone applications that you use every day, or changing the way that you receive medical services through open coding and access processes in electronic health records. Not everyone is centered only on technology though. BarCamp also includes members of the Portland community who are shaping the way that we communicate and develop relationships through social and cultural applications of technology.

Attending BarCamp Portland provides a foundation for these diverse individuals to work together as a community. And each year, new world-changers join the ranks. We who plan BarCamp Portland believe that we add value to the community as well as to the individuals who attend.

See? I told you. And so, it was with great excitement that we looked forward to the fourth installment of BarCamp Portland.

But BarCamp Portland 4 has been a bit of moving target this year. It was on. And then it wasn’t. And then it was.

And now, we’re practically on the eve of BarCamp Portland 4. And they could still use some help.

Don’t worry. No thinking. No heavy lifting. Just a little financial support. Well, and maybe to pour some beer if you have an OLCC license.

So if you have the wherewithal and you want to earn the everlasting respect and praise of the Portland startup and tech community, consider coughing up a few bucks to sponsor BarCamp Portland 4.

You won’t be sorry.

Oh. And if you’re already smitten with the whole BarCamp concept? It’s worth noting that Beaver BarCamp 6 is this weekend. And it’s only a short drive down to Corvallis.

For more information, visit BarCamp Portland. To sponsor, contact sponsor@legionoftech.org. Or if you’d like to attend, register for BarCamp Portland 4.

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3 Responses to “BarCamp Portland 4 could use your help”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I can’t help but wonder if folks are hesitant to support the organization since they never publicly talked about any sort of conclusion to the embezzlement situation.

  2. Briefly: Legion of Tech hasn’t publicly talked about a conclusion to the fraud issue because one hasn’t yet been reached. Our attorney is presently working on the issue and we hope to have a resolution within 2-4 weeks, at which time we’ll post an update on our website.

    I’d also like to remind the community that our Board meeting minutes are available to the public: http://legionoftech.org/minutes/.

    I encourage anyone who has questions or concerns about this issue to send me an email (christiekoehler at gmail dot com).

    –Christie Koehler
    Board Member, Legion of Tech

  3. PDXsays says:

    Whoa and yo!

    BarCamp is a free agent. It occurs everywhere else in the world that Legion of Tech doesn’t.

    So, don’t confuse Legion of Tech with BarCamp in Portland. A BarCamp can be put on by anyone or any group anywhere.


    BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and were related to open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, and political organizing.

    BarCamp makes their organizational process freely available, codifying it in a publicly available wiki. In addition to the BarCamp-branded network, it is also a model for user-generated conferences in other fields and for more specialized applications such as WordCamp, PodCamp, Seattle Mind Camp, CrisisCamp [1] and THATcamp.

    See ya there.

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