Why is it called BarCamp? Is it a drinking game?
Nope. Not a drinking game. Are you kidding? At 8:00 a.m.? Actually, according to Wikipedia,
The name “BarCamp” is a playful allusion to the event’s origins, with reference to the hacker slang term, foobar*: BarCamp arose as a spin-off of Foo Camp, an annual invitation-only participant driven conference hosted by open source publishing luminary Tim O’Reilly.
BarCamps have been held around the world in more than 300 cities worldwide. This is Memphis’ first, so don’t miss the opportunity to tell your grandkids that you were there at the dawn of BarCamp Memphis history.
What happens at BarCamp?
The morning is pretty well mapped out like other conferences, with speakers on a variety of topics on both basic and advanced levels. Afternoon at BarCamp is a different animal. Come prepared to present on a topic that interests you — we’ll vote on all suggestions and the winners get presented so the day will be tailored to the needs of the audience.
What will the day be like?
Casual and laid back with lots of opportunity for discussion and interaction with other attendees. Plenty of time between presentations and at lunch for networking and conversation. You will not leave empty-handed; in addition to new contacts and a head spinning with information, we have some generous sponsors who have provided great giveaways and door prizes.
Can I live blog/tweet?
Please do! If you’re a blogger, you’ll love the Blog Haus. We’ll have comfortable chairs, away from all the noise, where you can write that killer post or interview a new-found contact.
OK, I’m hooked; how do I sign up?
Participation is limited to 150 people; so sign up soon. Register here. It’s a bargain at $40, which covers snacks and drinks throughout the day, presentations and lunch, not to mention that flip video camera you just might win.
Thanks to Launch Memphis for organizing and hosting this event.
*acronym for, ahem, fouled, ahem, up beyond all repair.
Thanks to the following for their support of BarCamp Memphis.
- Door Prizes:
- Southwest Community College – free class, and they’ll have a table at the event with more giveaway items.
- Memphis Pizza Café – 20 free pizza coupons
- Newk’s Café – two meals for two.
- Corky’s BBQ – barbecue gift pack – sauces
- Zannel.com – Flip camera, USB drive, T-shirt, and stickers.
- IttyBiz.com – Online access to Naomi Dunford’s SEO School and Online Business School, a new product launching Nov. 12.
- Seth Godin – two signed copies of his book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.
- Tee Morris, co-author of Podcasting for Dummies and Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies.
- Penelope Trunk – her book, Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success.
- Guy Kawasaki – his book, Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition
- Michael Martine, of Remarkablogger Blog Consulting Services: 60-minute business consultation by phone.
- Fred’s, Inc. – bags, hand sanitizers.
- Joe Spake, Revid Realty – pens
- DocuMart – notepads.
- Smoothie King – buy one/get one free coupons.
- WordPress – pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos, and buttons.
- Vaco Technology – drink holders (cozies).