This past weekend was BarCamp 7, which marks the 5th BarCamp Miro and I have attended here in LA. We had an amazing time, but when one of the organizers, Jason Cosper and long time organizer told us he was bummed that this is the last time Miro and I would be there, that we were considered one of the “old-timers”, my heart dropped a little. BarCamp, being a twice yearly event, meaning Miro and I have been attending BarCamps for 2 ½ years, have witnessed the growth and change of the events. Going from aprox 60-80 person event to well over 300 has been a gift. When we first started attending BarCamps, Miro was the ONLY child attending and became the “mascot” of sorts. Since then, the kid population has grown and we even went to a session led by a fellow 10 year old. Throughout all, we have fostered great friendships within the tech community and know we’ll always have that connection no matter where we are. What is BarCamp? Well, here’s the boilerplate, taken from the BarCampLA web site:
BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference 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.
All attendees should be prepared to give a demo, run a session, or help with one. All presentations are scheduled the day they happen. Prepare in advance, but come early to get a slot on the wall.
Presenters are responsible for making sure that notes/slides/audio/video of their presentations are published on the web for the benefit of all and those who can’t be present.
Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join.
And that’s just what we’ve been doing. Besides meeting some great new folks, hanging out with some old friends, we had a blast.. Here’s some of the highlights of BarCamp 7 from our perspective:
1. Twitter scrabble
2. Corporate espionage
3. Scotch tasting
4. How to draw
5. iPhone hacking
6. Creative commons
7. Open source as a social movement
And for Miro, I’d guess his highlights included playing his DS with all his favorite tech geeks. For me, it was a great honor to have my iPhone hackes (jail-broken) by the origonal hacker Chris Hughs. What this means is now I can plan on traveling through Central / South America with my iPhone by simply changing out the sim card. Nice!
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