Monday, December 31, 2007

BarCamp with a difference

Its a very well known fact, more you grow or more you perform, expectations also grow. This is not only true for a living entity, its also true for an events like BarCamp or any other for that matter.

This is the fourth BarCamp we are heading towards in pune. And same above theory applies to this. People expect much more from a BarCamp and we have been brain storming from quite a bit of time to make this BarCamp "A BarCamp with a difference". We are still in the process of defining "differences" though.

The first question we had while we were discussing was "What makes a BarCamp successful?"
Is it more number of people attending it or Is it quality of speakers or Is it better food, better tshirts, better stationary or Is it coverage by media and question list just goes on and on.

After a long discussion we made a list of few crucial points to make a BarCamp successful.
  1. Getting good quality talks (Does BarCamp concept allow us to lay down such criteria? I think NO but we will try our best going beyond conventions)
  2. Getting interested people attending the event (No offenses meant, but it has been observed that after lunch many people disappear. Can we say they had come for tshirt and lunch? Hmmmm may be, but quality of few initial talks can also be the reason.)
  3. Media (Does media really play a role there? Well, I don't think so, but if they come, attendees may feel good if they are shot or interviewed and that may become "The factor" for the success of a BarCamp. But are BarCamp organized to make people feel good???)
  4. Plenty of take aways (Well, I don't think that really matters for the success of a BarCamp)
  5. Plenty of discussions and open space for networking (Ya it does matter. Finally that what people come to BarCamp for. I remember few people creeping at last BarCamp; there is no enough space for networking or to hang around but believe me that was intentional. We wanted more and more people to attend the sessions.)
All of the above play some (Though it may be very small) role in making a BarCamp successful.
Well we are working towards all of them. Here are few things that we have thought of.
  1. We went to the venue and believe me there is plenty of space for networking.
  2. We are planning to organize a workshop which will be full of practicals and coding unlike sessions where knowledge is shared and discussed.
  3. There will be plenty of discussions going on and we will make sure that all the infrastructure is provided to the discussions.
  4. Wifi is available at the venue and there won't be any problem of wifi as well.
  5. We have asked speakers to give brief description of their talks on wiki. We may filter out few talks. We will also make sure that diversity of topics will be there. And most important not more that one talk from one person. And not more than three talks from one company be it a sponsor or not
  6. There will also be media persons covering the event.
  7. We can't really do anything about quality of attendees. We can do extensive marketing to make sure that we reach to all enthusiastic and interested people but that will also attract few tshirt interested ones. Again no offenses meant.
We need all of yours support to achieve this and actually making this BarCamp "A BarCamp with a difference".



At January 6, 2008 at 10:54 PM , Blogger Harshal Shah said...

We can also have some quiz/debates with some tokens as appreciation for participants, winners. This will allow more people to participate in debates, discussions etc


At January 11, 2008 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Gautam Kishore said...

hey kiran,
attending BarCamp Ahmedabad?

I might come too.


At January 16, 2008 at 12:18 AM , Anonymous Shalini said...

If people are willing, could they upload code somewhere?

Because i remember at Barcamp Pune 3, a Facebook app was showcased and there was a lot to be said in very little time. I felt that i needed a little more detail.. :)

So it would be nice if one could go back and reflect on stuff that happened during the Barcamp...

At February 5, 2008 at 11:10 PM , Blogger Sopan Shewale said...

hmm...defining success is very difficult. You have pointed out all the points which one should consider.

For me - For the open conference where no one is controlling the other people to get things done, the conference happens and people do attend (may be first few hrs) is itself is success.

I have couple of suggestion: [1]. Sometimes (at least i experienced in 2nd)speakers are not allowed to distribute the T-Shirts. I think that should be allowed. At least the last speaker will think of distributing more/good quality shirts.

[2]. Let speakers announce information about the Talk on wiki much before the talk.

[3]. Allow people to promote the order/schedule of the talk.

[4]. Quality talks.. really difficult to judge which one would be quality talk/area. All areas are important - but let people vote on talks.. some way to generate numbers like how many are really interested to attend the talk-the speaker gets the hint-when he should be talking etc..

--sopan shewale

At February 6, 2008 at 1:36 AM , Blogger Bhavya said...

I have been attending Pune's Barcamp since 2007.
Well i think Barcamp is one of the popular Unconference not because of:

Attendees ->Cannot Predict their intentions
Speakers -> Not all are good
Food & TShirt -> Materialistic
Media - > Who cares

because of

Few like minded people crazy of technology & willing to share it get a platfomr like BarCamp :)

After stepping out of the barcamp i have seen people changing their platform, job, views & approach towards doing things :)

Looking forward for PuneBarcamp4

At January 27, 2009 at 11:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all,

I am working for a software integrator company. My projects includes working on Java and Ruby on Rails and Ajax. I think Web Services is really cool. We also recently have to now work on REST and they are talking about mashups and Struts. Can anyone tell me if there are some good training or conferences so that me and my team members can get to speed with these technologies. Learning from books is not my cup of tea, even not when I was doing engineering ;)

All the help that group members can provide in this regard is much appreciated.


At January 28, 2009 at 12:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Vaibhavi,

There are several online resources available that you just google for. If any of your team like to read then quality books from wiley and oreilly cover such technologies in detail.

I also highly recommend you could attend the upcoming Great Indian Developer Summit ( that is covering Java, Agile, REST, JAX-RS, mashups, .NET, Rich Web, JPA, SOA, rich user experiences, Spring, Groovy and more. They have most of the creators of these technologies as speakers. My team is attending this summit 22-25 apr at IISc campus where we are attending the web conference on April 23 and java on April 24. We have been able to get very good discounts. Maybe all those who are interested from your group can sign up together and get a good bargain from them. what say? I also attended last year's conference and had a really cool time.

In Hyderabad there is Sun Tech Days with some sun speakers.


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