When I read “BarCamp is a free, technology-focused ‘unconference’ that is equal parts networking, knowledge-building and fun” I immediately knew it was right up my alley. It’s like WordCamp, but in a bar with shorter presentations on more topics. It’s amazing how many super connections you can make in a relaxed atmosphere. Even more amazing is how many great ideas flow into unexpected collaborations. Read on to discover more about BarCamp Nashville and why it’s a must-do event.
What is an Unconference?
One of the best features of BarCamp is that it is attendee driven. In other words, the people who sign up determine the topics. In fact, they self-sign up to be the presenters. (The official schedule deadline just passed, but impromptu sessions will be happening all day.) And, if a presentation you attend is not quite what you thought, or you want to catch a little of the other presentations going on simultaneously, you just go. It’s laid back that way and not at all considered rude.
I’m really looking forward to being in a place where I can learn plus connect with folks. And I don’t have to wait for the after-party. BarCamp has a main room where you’re free to sit down and chat with presenters and other attendees. So, if you hear something you want to know more about, you can get with the presenter right then. Or, if a great conversation starts during a presentation, you can continue it.
There are several solo presentations and a few that will be moderated by panels of folks on a wide variety of topics. Topics range from marketing to coding to podcasting and more.
I’ve already picked out a bunch that I want to attend. Here’s a full list of scheduled sessions.
Go, It Will Be Fun!
I was happy to see the nice selections to choose from for lunch. Eating on site is just one more opportunity to connect with folks, which is great.
I’ll see you there. Be sure to button hole me and say hey!