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What is a BarCamp event?

December 17th, 2008

Charlotte BarCamp 2009 was announced this week and everyone seems to have the same question…

What is a BarCamp?

Although an official definition can be found on BarCamp and Wikipedia, I thought you might like a more “plain English” explanation.

Very soon, the coordinators will post an agenda for the day. 
(You can see a sample here.) 

It will probably go something like this…

  • Register in advance on the website for free.
  • The morning of the event (Jan 24 for Charlotte), everyone will gather and there may be some introductions.
  • Then, anyone that wants to lead a discussion on any topic will write it up on a whiteboard or poster on the wall.
  • Everyone that attends will then have the opportunity to write their name under the topic they want to attend.
  • Those topics that have enough interest will go to a specific location where the presentation/discussion will be.

Other things you should know:

  • There is no cost to attend.  You should register on the website.
  • Generally, the topics tend to be Internet or IT related, but not necessarily.
  • Anyone can start a topic and/or discussion.  Others will help you.
  • You can start pitching a topic you want to start on the website.
  • The general atmosphere tends to be open and loose.
  • Open Internet access will be available.
  • It is not uncommon for people to record the discussions, take notes, or communicate via Web 2.0 or Social Media during the event.

Why is it called BarCamp?

  • It has reference to the first ones that were probably originally held at a bar.
  • The Charlotte BarCamp will probably have nothing to do with a bar or drinking.

I hope this helps clear up some confusion.  I’m going to be leading a discussion on how to legitimately make money online.