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Besides offering up ten super steps to organizing a BarCamp, BarCampShanghai and BarCampVancouver alum Crystal Williams offers this nugget, which can’t be overemphasized:

Don’t over-complicate things. Don’t let other people over-complicate things. This is surprisingly hard. People have lots and lots of cool ideas that they want to execute to make your Barcamp awesome. That’s great as long as it doesn’t sidetrack the organizers. Try to get things accomplished in the order in which they are absolutely necessary. If you have a location, shirts, food, sponsors, etc locked down, then people can go nuts with the extras.

Then:

Don’t get too slack about the “everyone must participate” rule. It’s not just about attendance, it’s about knowledge transfer. Make sure people don’t think that it’s just a tech thing – creative talks are well received as long as they’re well thought out.

And, of course, the most important thing!

Remember: this is supposed to be fun. Keep it that way.

Yet another excellent resource to add to the organizing page.

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BarCampPortland

Portland, home of RecentChangesCamp, will be hosting a BarCamp sometime this fall. Interest is starting to pick up as Raven Zachary (veteran of BarCamp Austin and others) begins searching for a venue.

Any leads, please make a note on the wiki.

Fred Stutzman, one of the organizers of this weekend’s BarCampRDU, has written up his preliminary advice for planning your own BarCamp. Definitely some sage advice in there, and I completely appreciate his frustration with the primitive locking mechanism on the wiki — hopefully we can get David and co. to take care of that!

The idea of organizing the wiki on paper first was certainly an interesting one… and chunking sponsors is a really smart idea. Give sponsors a meal to take care of, or have one sponsor provide coffee throughout. It’s a volunteer event and organizers should be orchestrating, not playing every instrument too!

I’ve added this to the organizing page on the wiki for reference.

Bar Camp BrusselsFounder of Drupal, Dries Buytaert talks up Barcamp Brussels:

On May 20, Peter Forret is hosting the first Belgian Barcamp: Barcamp Brussels. A Barcamp is an ad-hoc un-conference driven by its attendees. It is free and open for everyone but it has no visitors, only participants. Attendees must give a demo, a presentation, or help with one. It has no fixed agenda either. Things just happen, and in happening, cause other things to happen.

I attended two Barcamps so far and both have been a blast. That said, I might prepare two sessions for Barcamp Brussels:

  1. A brief presentation on Drupal.
  2. A discussion on photoblogging software.

After talking to Pieter Baert (co-founder of drieduizend.be) and Ine Dehandschutter (co-founder of photoblog.net and official photographer of Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt), I'd like to figure out what the ideal photoblogging software looks like. Being relatively new to photography and photoblogging, I'd like to meet other photographers at Barcamp to share how they (want to) manage their photos on their websites.

Kareem Mayan has written up a comprehensive post-mortem describing a whole ton of stuff about how he co-organized Barcamp LA — including a write up of his expenses and the near-death experience with last minute insurance! An excellent guide for anyone jumping into Barcamp organizing or wanting to relive the LA camp!