January 07, 2007

BarCampScotland: programmers, VCs, journalists...

Barcampscotland Back in November I met up with Florian Dargel, whose day job is with Global Investment and who I met way back in LesBlogs2.0, about setting up BarCampScotland. Fergus Burns from Nooked was also keen to help organise an event for Scotland, by Scotland, to get social media more widely talked about and give our entrepreneurs a chance to understand what's out there.

BarCamp is open to all those in the new technologies business, programmers, VCs, Angels, Government and NGOs, businessmen and women, entrepreneurs...

It's an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants.

We had some setbacks with our planned venue and were going to get onto the case this week. James Littlejohn has cracked on this weekend anyhow and created a natty wee logo for the event and mentioned it on his blog, so I thought I should really move things forward here, too.

We're looking initially at a date in mid-February or March. The place is yet to be confirmed, too, but will probably be in Edinburgh (we've got a tentative agreement for a location there). So, if you like vague arrangements and you're thinking of coming along or would like to present your coding/product idea just bear the 8 Rules Of Barcamp in mind:

The Rules of Bar Camp

  • 1st Rule: You do talk about Bar Camp.
  • 2nd Rule: You do blog about Bar Camp.
  • 3rd Rule: If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
  • 4th Rule: Only three word intros.
  • 5th Rule: As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
  • 6th Rule: No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
  • 7th Rule: Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
  • 8th Rule: If this is your first time at BarCamp, you HAVE to present. (Ok, you don't really HAVE to, but try to find someone to present with, or at least ask questions and be an interactive participant.)

That final rule would mean that we all have something to contribute, so I look forward to seeing as many of the Web 2.0 community in Scotland along there as we can muster: educoders, SecondLifers, Amazon and Sun Microsystems guys and gals, LTS programmers, Flashers, Scoopters.... Spread the word and let's see what we can do.

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Will all the men wear kilts? ;o)

please do not forget to ping the usual places like the barcamp mailinglist and an entry in upcoming.org and the according groups. ;)

Oh, we might do ;-) I'll be using the guide to BarCamp to keep me straight - thanks for the reminder about UpComing. The wiki updates are a pain because they come so often. I'll just have to take an RSS feed off the individual page.


Hi Ewan
Do you volunteer or get invited? [Hint, Hint]

No hints required - this is as open an event as they come. Make sure you've got something to contribute, that's the only clause!

Ewan - although a little way away from you - might I be able to attend this event?

Of course! It's open!

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