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BarCampShanghai in 21st Century Business Herald

The first BarCamp in China, BarCampShanghai, took place last weekend (alongside BarCampBerlin, BarCampMilwaukee, BarCampNYC2, BarCampIreland, and BzaarCamp) and was a grand success with additional camps in the works.

Robert Scales has more reporting here and here.

Ryan points out that is featured in Red Hat magazine in an article by Bascha Harris, revealing some of the benefits of ad-hoc over preplanned conferences:

The ability to adapt the curriculum and the schedule on-the-fly tailors the conference to whatever audience attends that day. BarCamp was able to take advantage of present experts. And the informal setting seemed to blur the line between speaker and attendee, turning sessions into discussions, adding more viewpoints and, ultimately, more robust information.

At BarCamp–like in open source development and in design thinking–the best ideas win.


In the tradition of piggy-backing off larger, more corporately attended and run events, comes MobiCamp, taking place Monday, September 11th, 2006, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA, and ironically completely financed and hosted by one company, Montreal-based Airborne Entertainment:

The premise behind MobiCamp is simple: come together, think new and speak out. The event is based on popular community-generated “camps” like BarCamp and CaseCamp. There is no cost to participate, but those choosing to attend must agree to truly “participate,” either as speakers or as active audience members. Although the event is being presented by Airborne Entertainment, it is an ad hoc, “open-source” mash-up of interested and interesting individuals looking to help shape the future of mobile by freely communicating their experiences and, more importantly, offering up their visions.

The rules are pretty simple, though a far cry from BarCamp’s:

  1. You are not speaking at an official CTIA event.
  2. Your presentation is eloquent and relevant to the future of mobile. It focuses on new ideas. It outlines solutions, even if it’s inspired by problems.
  3. You speak for no more than 10 minutes, and are prepared to answer up to 5 minutes of impromptu questions.

Not exactly embracing the chaos, but for an event with a press release, it’s not a bad start.

Now, if they actually support people editing the rules and coming up with subsequent community revisions, that’d be pretty cool. Their wiki is actually disguised as a website, so I hope folks will realize that they’re just using a tricked out version of Instiki and can actually edit the thing. Beyond that, maybe they’ll go so far as to make MobiCamp a Community Mark and prove that they’re not interested in owning the event or using it to promote themselves… but I digress. It’s nice to see yet another expansion of the camp concept making its way into new genres, new areas of tech, and most of all, into new communities.

DNA India says it best:

An unconventional techie rebellion has reached Indian shores. Fighting the onslaught of “invite-only” expensive trade conferences, the Silicon Valley software community started the Bar Camp in 2005. A year on, the movement is in India, home to an enviable pool of technology professionals.

In other words: first Silicon Valley, then the world!



Just kidding! Ha!

Update: Economic Times Mumbai picks up the story.

Don’t forget to take a listen to Eric Schiff‘s GlitchCast #23 — wrapping up Barcamp Austin with a song from Barcamp’s favorite pirates, the Jolly Garogers!