Wednesday, 10 December 2008

BarCamp Liverpool - brilliant speakers, brilliant event


BarCamp's first visit to Liverpool was fantastic.

If you haven't heard of BarCamp (and until a few weeks ago I hadn't), it is described as "an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment". Social networking in its truest form.

The event attracts movers and shakers and anyone interested in social media, the web and all things digital. And BarCamp Liverpool attracted people from around the country.

The way it works is that attendees are also guest speakers. You then fill your time how you like by choosing which talks/demonstrations/workshops you want to attend.

And I attended some crackers.

Some of the highlights were:

  • Turning an idea into a business - with Andy Brown
  • Setting up a news site on WordPress - with Dave Coveney
  • Won't somebody please think of the users - with Ian Pouncey
  • How to create a killer screencast - with Don McAllister
  • Open source law - with John O'Shea
  • Networked democracy - with Rob McKinnon
  • Public data online - with Julian Todd and Aidan McGuire


All absolutely brilliant.
I'm already looking forward to the next BarCamp.

And while I'm still wading through a packed notebook, I'm sure I'll be revisiting one or two BarCamp themes in future blogs.

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