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On the 2 December, Health Camp was held at Citizen Space in San Francisco (thanks โ€“ Chris and Tara!). The aim was to hold an unconference discussing the growing revolution in healthcare (health 2.0) driven by technology and an increased focus on the patient as the consumer. A motley crew of entrepreneurs, technologists and bloggers involved in the health sector was quickly assembled by Bay Area Scot James Littlejohn to organize the event. We had been to Barcamp SF, Barcamp Stanford, MashupCamp, StartUp Camp and almost every other unconference event anywhere remotely near the Bay Area. We had also read the barcamp planning guidelines. How hard could this be?

I was one of the organizers of Health Camp and this post is to attempt to articulate what we learnt from the process of developing an unconference for the health sector (or what weโ€™re doing different next time!).


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TechnoPoliticsCamp arose out of a BarCamp at Stanford in August 2006, with the intent to explore possibilities of expanded collaboration among organizations working at the intersection of politics and information/communication technology.

Early participants signed up on the wiki include members of CPSR (the sponsoring organization), League of Technical Voters, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Privaterra, Stanford
Center for Internet and Society, CivicSpace, CivicEvolution, Berkeley International Computer Science Institute, Community Technology Foundation of California, etc.

The general goal is to create stronger and more coherent coalitions devoted to democratic technology, freedom, social justice, and sustainability. Possible topics of specific focus that have been suggested for discussion include:

  • DOPA follow-up
  • 2006 mid-term elections follow-up
  • Use of telephony, Skype/VoIP especially, in the 06 and 08 election cycles
  • Net neutrality
  • Open spectrum
  • Tools for activism
  • Online deliberation
  • Digital divides
  • Community computing
  • Software patents and free software
  • Domestic wiretapping and privacy
  • Voting technology and security

As with any BarCamp event, the agenda is set ultimately by those who show up, with breakout groups according to what people want to talk about. The event is being held at the Open Source Applications Foundation in San Francisco, Sunday December 17, 2006, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

By EbOY. Buy it.

This is BarCamp

I can’t believe that I didn’t post this before, but Jay and Ryan made an awesome video at BarCampSanFrancisco that captures quite the essence of what makes BarCamp… well… BarCamp!

I also added this to the new Media page over on the wiki. Got more? Add your own links!

WordCamp Classic

Matt just announced WordCamp over on his blog:

The idea for an event for WordPress users has been bouncing around in my head for a long time, as there is a really interesting group of people around WP but we don’t do nearly as many face-to-face interactions as some similar projects. A set of circumstances are coming together at the beginning of August, and I think we’re going to give it a go.

August 5th, 2006 is the date, here in the lovely town of San Francisco, California. The idea is a one day BarCamp-style free conference with a party that night. There will be free BBQ for lunch, WordPress t-shirts, and a full day of both user and developer discussion. (“BarCamp-style” is a code phrase for “last minute.”)

There are still a few things to figure out, such as a venue, schedule, and other little things like that. (By the way, if you can help with any of these or have event experience, please drop me a note.) But mostly I wanted to get the date out there so people could start planning for it, buy tickets if they’re travelling, and let us know if there are any huge conflicts that day. (Like a national holiday or something.)

In the meantime, I’ve put up a quick site where you can leave your email to signup for more information or let us know you’re coming. If you think you can make it, please say so as soon as possible so we can prepare for the right number of people. If you’d like to help in any way, drop me a note via email or in the comments.

Don’t know if this will work or not, but it should be fun regardless. Podz is coming in all the way from England, and Donncha from Ireland. ๐Ÿ™‚