I went to BarCamp Portland last weekend. It’s my first BarCamp. Even though I read about the definition and checked out some videos about BarCamp beforehand, it was still hard to expect what it would be like. BarCamp was started by the tech community and in the non-tech setting, I guess they call it the Open Space Technology.
Part of my day job involves event planning. I mentioned the idea of BarCamp / unconference at work. The response is “it’s interesting” but the higher power that be would not go for it. I helped organize numerous highly ordered conferences with set schedule of sessions and I am starting to get tired of this old format. After I read about a real life experience in a non-tech setting, I am completely sold on the BarCamp idea. Still, I didn’t know how it works. This is the main reason why I went to BarCamp Portland. Continue reading “My first BarCamp”