About the Old Bar Camps

Our last BarCampSydney was held on 5th and 6th April 2008 in the Roundhouse at UNSW on Anzac Pde, Kensington.

“BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment”.

BarCamp is an intense community event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.

Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to participate.

The BarCamp motto is: No spectators, only participants

What does “no spectators” mean?

It does not mean that you have to present. BarCampSydney is not about formal presentations. It is about discussion, debate, involvement and energy!

The event is designed so that EVERYONE can participate – in whatever capacity you choose. This could be helping organise rooms, sitting on a panel, moderating a discussion or even helping with network issues.

But most importantly, it is about everyone taking part in lively debates and discussions – whatever form they may take.

No spectators. Just lots of energetic and enthusiastic participants!

Helping before the event

  • Help to spread the word – blog, social apps, mai lists
  • Become an unorganiser and help with sponsorship, venue, wifi, catering etc

Helping at the event

Unorganisers can help:

  • set up rooms
  • sign people in
  • show people around
  • organise daily schedules
  • sort out catering needs
  • sort out wifi

Presenting at the event

BarCamp is basically unstructured. Some ways you can get involved include:

  • Panel
  • Presentation
  • Goldfish Bowl
  • Soap box – Just stand on a box and spout your wisdom.
  • Half-Geeked – Half-Baked, but tech focused.
  • Demo new stuff
  • Debates
  • Games
  • Competitions
  • Races
  • Rolling story

The Schedule

We provided a huge charts for each of the rooms. The charts were be broken into rough time slots. We provided a pile of cards and marker pens. Attendees wrote down their presentations, panels, discussions, forums etc and stick them in available slots on any room chart.

Remember, there were no formal time slots, no formal presentations, no formal break. So, you had to be prepared to negotiate, discuss, argue, barter, persuade!

Of course, with BarCamp, there were no rules – the schedule can change any time. All part of the fun of BarCampSydney!