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Barcamp Nottingham
Barcamp Nottingham

Barcamp Nottingham

Having run two barcamps in Blackpool I decided it was high time that the East Midlands got a piece of the action.

Presenting Barcamp Nottingham:

If you’ve never heard of a barcamp before the concept is quite simple: it’s a FREE, unorganised conference. Rather than a standard conference where professional speakers are planned and booked ahead, at a barcamp the attendees are the speakers! Sessions can be tutorials, presentations, photo walks, techy, crafty or something completely different! The only rule is that it has to be brand new content i.e. something you’ve never done a presentation on before.

I went to my first Barcamp bac in 2008 in Manchester held at MEN Media Headquarters. It was fantastic. A free conference where I learnt more in one day than I think I ever have done before, from people who aren’t paid to speak but are passionate about their subject and practice it day to day. It’s not just about hearing people speak either. Sessions can cause conversations afterwards (especially at the after party) and I still keep in touch with many of the brilliant minds I met there. Since then I’ve attended many barcamps all over the country (Sheffield, Leeds, Bournemouth) when I decided I might have a go at organising one. Barcamp Blackpool started in October 2009 at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It surely was an experience to listen to a talk on Android phone development whilst a rollercoaster full of people screams past the window! Barcamp Blackpool has proved very popular and sold out very quickly last year, I’m anticipating a similar sort of reaction for the thirs one later this year.

As for the content of the talks at barcamps, it entirely depends on who shows up. You can talk about absolutely anything. If you’re passionate about writing software then talk about that, if you’re passionate about knitting, making, roller derby, british sign language, ferrets, gaming… absolutley anything, get up there and share it. Barcamps are for sharing knowledge with equally passionate people.

We’ve got attendees from all over the country coming along and we’re expecting around 100 people. I’d love to get more people from the Creative Nottingham scene along as you guys can bring ideas and passion that you can’t always get at other barcamps.

We’re really lucky to be able to use such an awesome venue as the Hackspace. We can use the venue for 30 hours! This includes the partying through the night. We’ve managed to secure some very generous sponsorship from our main sponsor North 51, our venue sponsors Esendex, The Computer Science Department of the University of Nottingham and the Enterprise Freelance Fair. This means we’ll be able to supply you with food and drink over the weekend.

If you’ve never been to a barcamp before and the idea of public speaking is putting you off. Don’t worry! Come along anyway and I guarantee by the time you’ve eaten lunch you’ll be desperate to talk! Over the 30 hours you have a chance to do a lightening session (about 20 minutes) and show off something really cool to a crowd of brilliant and creative minds hungry to learn and share. Our session slots are 20 minutes long. There will be three or four going on at once. There’s always a scrum in the morning after the intro talk as everyone runs to put the title of the talk on the board.

Arrive 10am Sat 23rd July at the Nottingham Hackspace and stay all the way through until 4pm 24th July. There will be games, hacking, drinking and fun throughout the night and sessions throughout the day.

Ticket allocation close TODAY at 5pm. So what are you waiting for? Get yours now!

Oh and you may even get to meet the fuzzbutts: