[HTML1]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.
And now, we’re practically on the eve of BarCamp Portland 4. And they could still use some help.
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.