BarCamp Manchester 5 took place on the 18th & 19th October 2014, and saw 150 people through the doors of Spaceport Manchester over the whole weekend. BarCamp Manchester 6 took place on the 26th and 27th September 2015, and saw over 200 people attend over the course of the weekend!
Planning for the next BarCamp has already begun! We will be hosting another 2 day event on the 24th and 25th September 2016, if you would like to get involved or sponsor this event, please contact us.
What is a BarCamp?
Long before BarCamp, there were conferences. And they sort of sucked in various ways. Lots of people found that the interesting content at conferences wasn’t so much the formal presentations as the discussion that took place in the hallway, the “lobby track” as it has come to be known. It seems quite strange: you pay sometimes quite a sizeable amount of money to attend a conference, and then you don’t spend any time actually listening to the material presented at the conference.
But there is a problem with the lobby track that doesn’t exist with the formal tracks: it doesn’t necessarily scale to include everyone. If you are a little bit shy or socially awkward, perhaps you don’t get talked to if you try and enjoy the lobby track. What if there were events where the formal track and the lobby track were very, very similar?
Enter the unconference. The unconference is a conference that every attendee is allowed to participate in, much like anyone can have a blog, or anyone can edit Wikipedia. The distinction between speakers and listeners is blurred because if you are attending, you will probably be speaking also. Sessions are less like lectures and more like conversations. There are lots of small groups. To use an academic analogy, it is more like a seminar than a lecture; organisers and speakers are more like convenors than lecturers. The traditional conference panel is rarely present in unconferences.
The BarCamp is a great place for you to share your knowledge, inspire people & learn new things!
BarCamps are great places to meet new people and make new connections!
What better way to spend your weekend than with a bunch of geeks