Where will this years BarCamp be held?
Our 2016 venue is Citylabs!
What time does it start?
BarCamp starts at 9am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday, but we’ll be in the venue non stop (including overnight) from Saturday morning until 6pm on Sunday.
How many tickets will be released?
This year we’re looking to release up to 300 tickets.
Will I get fed?
Yes. We will be providing attendees with lunches on both days, and an evening meal on the Saturday. Tea, coffee, cold refreshments, snacks and fruit will be available throughout the day, but you are welcome to bring your own food also if you wish.
Where can I stay?
In the venue! Just bring a sleeping bag and spend the night. Once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave 🙂
How can I get there?
Directions are available on the Citylabs website here.
Where can I park?
Weekend parking is available for £2 all day in Dilworth Street Car Park, located across the road from the venue.
Do I have to arrange a talk?
Well, you don’t HAVE to, but we would really like every attendee to prepare something to share with the community. Session slots are 30 minutes long, so we suggest you aim to finish in 25 minutes to allow people to move to the next talk they wish to attend and for the next person leading the session in your room to set up. Generally talks want to be 15-20 minutes long so you have time for some Q&A at the end.
What can I talk about?
Anything you feel passionate about! Previous BarCamps have seen a wide variety of talks, such as the Raspberry Pi, Cocktail Making, NFC, Life Hacking, Arduino, Roller Derby, Fencing Lessons, and Web Development. We have a variety of spaces suitable for planned presentations, discussions, and practical demonstrations or group activity. You might not be able to think of anything now, but a lot of people find inspiration on the day, and impromptu talks and discussions are a huge part of BarCamps. We encourage everyone who attends to give a presentation, and this can be as formal or as informal as you like. If you find that you’re struggling to see talks you want to go to, fill an empty slot with a discussion on a topic you are interested in!
Do I need to bring anything for my talk?
All of our rooms will be equipped with projectors or a TV screen, and wifi will be available throughout the venue, but you will need to bring your own laptop/netbook if your talk includes slides or media you wish to present, or any other equipment you may need to present your talk.
What if a talk starts and I don’t understand anything?
BarCamps operate on the rule of two feet. If you find yourself in a talk that you don’t understand, or it turns out you’re not that interested, you can just get up and leave. The same goes if you think you might like another talk which has already started, you just walk in and take a seat. No one will get offended if you walk out of a talk at Bar Camp.
How many tracks will be running?
We’re currently planning on running 6 tracks on each day.
How does the Grid work?
After the opening talks each day we will open up ‘The Grid’ to all attendees. The grid will show an empty slot for each session and available room, and attendees can come up and fill a spot with their proposed talk/discussion/demonstration.
What else can expect to see?
We’re also planning on having stalls for our sponsors where you can see what they’re all about and maybe get some freebies, plus we’re running a ton of National Coding Week workshops on the Sunday.
Will there be Werewolf in the evening?
Yes, this is a stupid question. And if you don’t know what Werewolf is, it’s a BarCamp tradition and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to learn and join in.
What other evening entertainment will there be?
At 8pm the evening party session starts. Sorry kids, but anyone under the age of 18 has to leave by this point, but for the rest of you, we’ll have alcohol, films, and party games until late.
What else can I do to take part?
BarCamps are most successful when everyone gets involved. If you would like to volunteer to help us out, please contact us, but there are many other things you can do. We want everyone who attends to share their experiences, be it taking photos, tweeting, uploading videos or blogging about the BarCamp in general, just be sure to use our hashtag #BCMCR7 on everything you upload to social media.
Do you have a Code of Conduct?
Yes, it’s here.