Bar none: Portland’s original unconference, BarCamp Portland, takes place this weekend

When it comes to unconferences, Portland has quite a few, discussing everything from blogging to open data to healthcare.

And the inspiration for all of those topical gatherings? The grandaddy of them all, BarCamp Portland. And it’s happening this weekend. For the sixth time.

What’s a BarCamp, you ask?

BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences. BarCamps are open, participatory workshop-like events whose content is provided by participants. Topics often focus on but are not limited to early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, open data formats and other DIY/hacker/open culture themes.

At BarCamp, there are no spectators, only participants. Attendees should prepare a demo, a session, or help with one, or otherwise volunteer / contribute in some way to support the event. All presentations are scheduled the day they happen. BarCamp participants help to select the topics they want to see and talk about.

So if you got an idea to share, a topic you’d like to discuss, or you simply want to participate in a wide variety of conversations, take a few minutes to RSVP for BarCamp Portland, this weekend. It’s totally free.

Or, to get more information, visit BarCamp Portland.