Before I begin, let’s ask Wikipedia.org to describe the terms ‘unconference’, and ‘BarCamp.’
Unconference: An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of oganizers, in advance. (more…)
BarCamp: BarCamp is an international network of unconferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies and social protocols. (more…)
Now that you’ve improved your vocabulary, we can continue. ;)
Friday morning I attended the first of what will hopefully be many Rochester BarCamps. At 10AM, I met with Justin Thorpe, Zack Gilbert, and few RIT faculty, and a plethora of Western NY geeks. After ‘tagging’ ourselves for introductory purposes, Dan Bogaard spoke about an educational tool he’s developing. 11:30AM marked lunchtime. Salvatores. Square slices.
By 12:30PM, it was time for my session.
As you may or may not know, RIT’s main web site is enduring a redesign. Though it’s the work of RIT’s University Publications department (specifically Jared Lyons, and Jeff Arbegast), they could not be in attendance. Between my proximity and my interest, I lead a session discussing strategies, criticism and feedback for this site.
How’d it go? Pretty great. In fact, great enough that I’ll definitely be at the next BarCamp. I filled a couple of pages with constructive notes for Jared, and felt very at home in the crowd.
As a final communal gesture, let’s see who’s blogging about BarCamp Rochester?