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A Barcamp Experience

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Barcamp Bangalore

Barcamp Bangalore

Just thought it would be a good idea to blog about my first time experience of Barcamp. Barcamp Bangalore was held on March 7th and 8th. After missing several barcamps, I finally attended it with the company of Anand and Nishant.

The event was conducted in Yahoo cafetaria at EGL. We reached the place quite early and after registration, we surprisingly found ourselves helping out in carrying the projector screens. Wi-fi and coffee/tea was available all the time. There were also other shops where you could get any snack you need. A kick-off meeting was held and it was surprising to everyone that almost majority of them were first-time barcampers and I’m quite sure the total number of people on the first day was more than 100. In the kick-off meeting, a 30-second intro about the topic was given by those presenting it. Moreover, there were many stickers available, where you can write your name, twitter ID etc. and stick it to your shirt. It was so cool and I took some 2-3 stickers, put it on my shirt and felt so proud of myself 😀 . Also, there was a board with sticky notes containing schedule of the sessions, which is called as “Paper Wiki”.

Now to the real game. There were 5 parallel tracks, where each one presented their topics. Almost all sessions lasted an hour. One problem that many faced was the presentations were not audible and since all 5 tracks are on the same hall, it was noisy. Most of the time we were guessing from the slides about what the speaker was saying. One more problem was that, topics which I was interested in attending were scheduled to be presented at the same time and hence I had to choose one between the two. Apart from this the sessions were all great and I got to hear some really good speakers who have lots of industry experience. Day-2 started a little late and less number of people turned up compared to day-1. This day I was surprised to see so many stress balls. I could see almost everyone having the yellow ball. Whether it reduced the stress or not, it really was so much fun. After attending so many sessions continously for the 2nd day, I felt I was kind of overloaded, so I din’t stay till the end on the 2nd day and had to leave early.

Here are some topics which I found very interesting:

Overall it was a great experience and I enjoyed every moment at the barcamp. The organizing team did a great job and I feel it was well worth travelling from Chennai to Bangalore for the barcamp. Looking forward for Barcamp Chennai.

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Written by lokesh

March 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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BarCamp – Chennai

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BarCamp is an unconference 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 attendees. The BarCampChennai focusses on Web 2.0, Social Media and Next Generation Internet.”

Now this is a event which I was long awaiting to go for. I thought that these kinds of conferences related to web 2.0, AJAX and other internet technologies used to take place only in countries like US, UK… but to my shock I’m hearing for the first time that such a event is taking place in India and that too in Chennai.

The event focuses mainly on web technologies, where every person attending the event is a participant. unlike other conferences where there are lot of spectators, this even is an unconference where each and everyone actively participates in something or the other. I was very desperate to present some of my experiences with web 2.0 applications & AJAX as soon I came to know about this event. Unfortunately the sign-up for presentations was over by the time I came to know about this event.

The BarCamp is a 2 day event which took place today and yesterday in Anna University. Apart from participating in presentations one can also participate in live blogging and live photo & video-casting of the event. Free wifi was provided so that you can live update your blogs.

This BarCamp takes place all over the world and you can also organize your own BarCamp in you locality. More details here.

I’m quite sad that I was not able to attend such an event which I was longing for, but I’m happy that I came to know about this wonderful event.

One more important thing that I came to know is that how good Indians are at making internet applications. I always had a false belief that in India the internet applications field growth is very slow and that there are very few out there who are interested in such web applications, but this BarCamp has proved that my beliefs are so wrong. Infact I can say that Indian webdevs are really awesome. Want to know why ? Check out these blogs which has the BarCamp events covered…

http://bothack.wordpress.com/

http://www.kiruba.com/

Written by lokesh

April 9, 2006 at 5:29 pm