If you were at Barcamp Portland, you may have stopped by for the My Other Thing session. (if you weren’t there you can listen to this recording of a great, freewheeling discussion) The session led by Rick Turoczy and Banana Lee Fishbones. After the group separated, people talked about wanting more – more discussions, more connections… maybe even – a conference! Inspired by that session, From Side Project to Startup was born.
Things kick off around 5:30 PM at CubeSpace, with a welcome reception.
Here’s the full agenda:
Friday Evening – September 12, 2008 5:30-6:30 – Reception/Networking 6:30-7:00 – Welcome and setting the stage 7:00-9:00 – Creative Entrepreneurship: Conception to Actualization – Bridget Benton of Eyes Aflame 7:00-9:00 – Unconference Sessions
Saturday – September 13, 2008 9:00-10:00 – Coffee, Bagels and Schmoozing 10:00-10:15 – Welcome 10:30-12:00 – What to Do Before You Quit Your Day Job – Mark Paul 10:30-12:00 – Unconference Sessions 12:00-1:30 – Lunch 1:30-3:00 – One Page Startup Marketing Plan – Peter Korchnak of Semiosis Communications 1:30-3:00 – Unconference Sessions 3:00-3:30 – Snack Break 3:30-5:00 – What Kind of Funding are You Eligible For? – Carolynn Duncan 5:00-5:15 – Wrap Up 5:15-??? – After Party
As you can see, the format is fairly open. With lots of time to jump in and out. So, even if you can’t make it to the whole thing, I’m hoping you’ll take the chance to swing by and participate. That is, if the subject matter interests you.
And something tells me that it does.
The event is brought to you by Legion of Tech, an Oregon nonprofit dedicated to helping grow and nurture the local Portland technology community through educational, not-for-profit, community-run events.
If you happened to make it to Ignite Portland 3, you heard the first hints of Legion of Talk, a new series of more intimate Legion of Tech events designed to replicate the thought-provoking presentations of TED.
Well, you know those Legion of Tech types can’t do anything small. So it’s no surprise that they’re starting off with the big guns. Or perhaps more appropriately, by “Bringing the Thunder.”
Yes, shrewd business guy. Yes, creative thinker. Yes, driven entrepreneur. Yes, talented with the video. But you know what really got him there? Being a nice guy. And a decent human being.
Got him where exactly?
With a wealth of knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit, Gary rebranded the family business as Wine Library. Within a five year time period, Wine Library grew from a $4 million dollar business to a $45 million business.
Gary will be in town as part of his book tour, and a few lucky folks will get the chance to hear him speak at Legion of Talk. The event will be held at Wieden + Kennedy on July 1 at 7 PM. Tickets will be available June 24.
Like all Legion of Tech events, there is no charge for the event. But there will be a limited number of participants.
Another (dare I say “wildly successful”?) BarCamp Portland is in the books, thanks to the efforts of the Legion of Tech, the hosts, the sponsors, and—of course—the attendees and session leaders.
I could easily prattle on for pages about the wide range of interesting topics, the community building and strengthening, the learning opportunities both inside sessions and out, and the general just, well, geeky fun of the whole thing.
But, I always find roundups to be the best way to provide the most coherent and well-rounded picture of these kinds of events. There’s no possible way of covering the entire thing from one perspective, so only many perspectives will do.
Tom Offermann “First BarCamp for Me”
“Not knowing what to expect when I arrived, I quickly found an enthusiastic crowd, plentiful food (bagels stacked high and all the Bubble Tea you could drink), and lots of interesting sessions, with topics ranging from WordPress to CrossFit to Bikes to Patents to Predicting the Stock Market.”
Lynn Fredricks “BarCamp Unconferences: Tech Trade Get Togethers“
“This wasn’t just a geekfest for the twenty something set; there was an even mix of ages and experience. I truly felt I left the unconference carrying with me more useful new relationships and technology information than I had from the last few conventions I have attended.”
George Huff “BarCamp Portland“
“Anytime a bunch of geeks get together there is a lot of brain power getting kicked around, so that’s pretty awesome. What’s great is the general goodwill everyone has. People are happy to be here and love a chance to have their thoughts and ideas expressed or learn new ones.”