What Should I Talk About at BarCamp?

Posted on Posted in BarCamp Manchester 2015

BarCamps have no scheduled speakers. Instead, the attendees become the speakers as well.

Every BarCamp I go to starts out the same. Filling the first session for each available room is the most dragged out process of the day. No one wants to go first, and half the attendees are convinced that they’re too scared to speak at all.

Four hours in and we’re fighting over the last remaining slots. People are doing presentations in the kitchen or out in the hallway, and the choice of available talks is phenomenal.

By the end of day two, half the attendees who had no intention of speaking have done at least one impromptu talk and are already planning their next six…..

So maybe we should just put more thought into what we want to talk about before we arrive? If you’re stuck for ideas, have a look at some of the topics that have been spoken about at previous BarCamps.

  • Hacking Heating Systems with a Raspberry Pi
  • Habit RPG, Your Life, the Role Playing Game
  • House Building with a CNC
  • Let’s Play ‘Just a Minute’
  • Write and API with Praxis
  • Advanced Library Simulator
  • Eco-robotics, Robots for Nature and the Future of Food
  • How to Sell Without Selling Out
  • You Media where you are with Plex
  • #MCRTOP5 Starting the Conversation of Europe’s Best Tech Community
  • Urban Exploration, Breaking into Camelot
  • Slideshow Karaoke
  • Open Street Map & Historical Mapping in Wikimedia
  • Are you Anxious?
  • What is the Quantified Self
  • Linkedin Tips
  • 20 Short Talks in 20 Minutes
  • Pomodoros or Other Productivity Hacks
  • Create Your First Bitcoin Wallet
  • Sleep Session
  • Interactive Fiction
  • Yell at a Teacher
  • Manchester Raspberry Jam
  • All you want to know about Dating
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Women in STEM/Tech
  • Information Hiding
  • Accessibility, Culture Disability & Mobility
  • eLearning & ILT in Education
  • FPGA vs Micros
  • Increasing Velocity in a Scrum Team
  • Violence & Video Games
  • #JamPacked
  • MeteorJS
  • Can Video Games be a Force for Social Good
  • Place Space & Psychogeography
  • Journey to the Centre of the Gender Sphere
  • How to Write a Hit Song
  • Javascript Shenanigans & Other Fun Bad Practice
  • What is a Geek & Why BarCamp
  • Programming in VFX for Films
  • An Introduction to Free Software
  • Computer Science Education in Schools
  • Realities of Activism and Why You Should Be Involved
  • Ionic Framework, Cross Platform Mobile Apps
  • RasPi Asterisk Update
  • Getting Developers More Involved in Helping Governments to Set Open Standards
  • What is user experience?
  • BarCamp and CoWorking
  • Online Multilingualism
  • New trends of web technology on mobile
  • Lessons in Social
  • YUI 3: The most advanced Javascript Library
  • The power of up-selling and cross-selling
  • Tracks on a Map, Soundcloud and Google Maps
  • Let’s make a shared calendar
  • Have a Fencing Lesson
  • Roller Derby for beginners
  • 10 things I learned from creating an after school Scratch Club
  • Keep compliant in the changing landscape of internet sales tax
  • Basics of Photography
  • Leadership and team structure in service design teams
  • Growing with your customers: retention and loyalty for SMEs
  • PHP Frameworks Libraries and Tools
  • OpenID for starters
  • Writing Maintainable CSS
  • iPhone and Android App development
  • Principle of Graphic Design
  • WindowFarms
  • How Running 250KM Across the Gobi Desert Made Me a Better Startup CEO
  • There is no HTML5
  • How I killed procrastination
  • Resource Defined Framework – How to exchange information in health care
  • The future of the fashion industry
  • Peer to Peer Learning: What is it and when does it work?
  • Filmmaking 1001
  • Let’s make a music video
  • Teaching with Tech. Educators
  • My Morning Confession and Obsession
  • Reversed Education. Stop learning from past mistakes, learn from future achievements
  • Internet of Things (IoT) influencing change in Eduaction
  • GM Crops – open discussion
  • What will our smartphone evolve to?
  • The Future MOOCs-Based Universities
  • Bridging the digital to the physical – How physical interactive experiences can create powerful emotional connections
  • Javascript Code Golf
  • Want to be Involved in a Podcast?
  • Ask Me Anything
  • Physics Busking
  • How to run a BarCamp
  • Who should pay on the first date?
  • Expanding your command line toolbox
  • Geohashing – a spontaneous adventure generator
  • Instagram wizardry and other pretty things
  • Renaming UX: User Expectations
  • A Million Paper Cuts: Lessons learned becoming an artist
  • The incredible Amazon Machine: How you can put Amazon to work for you
  • Solving the Puzzle: Scaling databases for your application
  • Succeeding as a knowledge worker
  • The accessibility of programming
  • Single Page Applications – The biggest misnomer in web development today
  • Scrum Master Sermon
  • Mindfulness and Movement: Mindbody fitness training for the office athlete
  • Introduction to practical self defense life skills
  • Architecture: The missing continuous delivery puzzle piece
  • Ding! Levelling up via soft skills
  • Pitch and Connect: Pitch your idea and find partners/developers
  • Look Ma, No Server: Introducing Firebase
  • How Technology Innovation is like Mountain Biking
  • Object Orientated Javascript
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Photography Lighting Basics
  • How Swift changes iOS development
  • From Dollars to Bitcoin
  • 3D Printing Automatons
  • Startup Marketing 101
  • Branding for Success
  • Poker Theory and Hold-Em Strategy
  • Mimosas: How to drink em
  • The Art of YOLOing
  • Debt collection for small businesses
  • Guerilla Marketing
  • Audio for business
  • Lean, Mean Start-Up Machine
  • An Expression Engine Primer
  • DIY Bio
  • Social Media strategy in 10 steps
  • Bootcamp Blitz
  • Networking – hints, tips and tools
  • Adventures in conversion rate optimisation using Google website optimiser
  • Cash Management for SME
  • How to become a better tester
  • Taking the leap from PHP to node.js
  • Why is enterprise software so complex
  • Live Linux Distros
  • Let’s play Thing
  • Let’s Learn Esperanto
  • How to start Blogging
  • Weird things I do

This is just a small sample of talks that have been held at BarCamps all over the world. So find some inspiration, and get planning!

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