BarCamp USA 2007


Wow, if BarCamp USA <<too bad… it’s been cancelled >>really pulls in 5000 technology enthusiasts it could be the best conference of the year, and in Wisconsin no less. At a cost of $50 it’ll also be close to the cheapest.

What? You don’t know what a BarCamp is?

I love the unconference formats. After attending about ten computer conferences over the past 18 months including Microsoft’s MIX06 and WebmasterWorld’s in Las Vegas and Boston, my favorite conference was MashupCamp 1, a dynamic gathering of startups and mashup developers down in Silicon Valley at the Computer Science Museum. Dave Berlind, Doug Gold, and supporters did a fantastic job with these Mashup Camps and I’m sorry I missed the one just held in Boston and will miss Mashup Camp IV in July because I’ll be in Pennsylvania for our family reunion.

Organizers of the BarCamp USA say they expect 5000 but could handle up to 20,000. I sure hope this approach prevails in the conference space rather than the expensive and exclusive conferences that are tailored primarily to support existing large companies and sales efforts. I should say that Brett and his crew do a fine job making WebmasterWorld an inexpensive and great conference compared to the alternatives.

Fancy Las Vegas parties at nightclubs like TAO and PURE are really fun and neat, but the really profound changes in technology are only partly happening over cocktails in Las Vegas. They are ALSO happening inside laptops plastered with goofy stickers, handled by young geeks who haven’t even learned how to do laundry. BarCamps cater to that crowd, and that’s a crowd you want to pay attention to if you want to better understand where tech is headed … and headed fast.

About JoeDuck

Internet Travel Guy, Father of 2, small town Oregon life. BS Botany from UW Madison Wisconsin, MS Social Sciences from Southern Oregon. Top interests outside of my family's well being are: Internet Technology, Online Travel, Globalization, China, Table Tennis, Real Estate, The Singularity.
This entry was posted in blogs, companies, mashup, MIX06, Web 2.0, Webmasterworld. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to BarCamp USA 2007

  1. Hey Joe:

    I noticed you have not signed up yet for BarCamp USA.

    We could use your help.

    Ken
    BarCamp USA Team

  2. JoeDuck says:

    Ken still not sure if I can make it out to Wisconsin though I’m trying to build a family trip to BarCamp and my wife’s family in Minnesota, which would be swell.

  3. I hope you can make it and we get a chance to meet. It is a great time of year to be in southern Wisconsin.

    FYI – Tickets just became available a few hours ago on the web site. Free Preferred parking passes to the first 800 that sign up.

    Ken

  4. JoeDuck says:

    Thx Ken – I like Wisconsin! I’ve even got an antique B.S. from UW Madison class of 1977

  5. Interesting…
    Then you should come to BarCamp Madison
    http://www.barcampmadison.com

    This is a free BarCamp taking place a few block off of the UW Madison Campus on March 3 & 4.

    Ken

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s