I’ve been involved in the Barcamp ‘scene’ for three years now in Ireland and can honestly say each one has been among the best conferences I’ve ever attended. ‘Barcamp’ has nothing to do with bars, rather it’s a phenomenon which begun in California and is defined as “an ad-hoc gathering 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 participants.”
What makes Barcamps special is the way in which they differ from ‘normal’ conferences – there are are no paid speaking slots, attendees are actively encouraged to participate, ask questions and propose talks and everything is kept very informal and friendly.
Barcamps have tradionally had a ‘techie’ focus but recent events like Barcamp Cork, 3Dcamp Limerick,CreativeCamp Kilkenny and Podcamp Ireland have all diversified into having a broader appeal.
And now Bizcamp is coming to Dublin on March 7th, billing itself as the event for everyone interested in entrepreneruship and business startups. This is a terrific opportunity to network with and learn from like-minded individual and, who knows, potential future business partners. So what are you waiting for –register to attend here (it’s FREE!)
Bizcamp Limerick is also in the planning stages and takes place at UL on March 21st.
[Bizcamp Dublin organizer Keith Bohanna explains it better than I ever could]