Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author . adambrooks.org

“BarCamp Charlotte” 8 event begins this morning 10/26 at 9 a.m. on @CPCC’s Central Campus in #CLT

“BarCamp Charlotte” event begins this morning 10/26 at 9 a.m. on @CPCC’s Central Campus in #CLT. http://ht.ly/q2nGP #BarCampCLT

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Share your passion w regional geeks and innovators at “BarCamp Charlotte”

Share your passion w regional geeks and innovators at “BarCamp Charlotte.” This Saturday 10/26. http://ht.ly/q2nGP #CLT #barcampclt

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Come geek your geek on with us at “BarCamp Charlotte” @CPCC

Come geek your geek on with us at “BarCamp Charlotte” this Saturday. http://ht.ly/q2nGP It’s free so register now! #CLT #BarCamp

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BarCamp Charlotte 7 event is coming

BarCamp Charlotte 7 event is coming to #CLT on Saturday, April 21st. Register now to get your geek on! http://ht.ly/9OAS6 #barcampclt

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Pitching and Voting on Sessions at BarCamp Charlotte 5

BarCamp Charlotte V

BarCamp Charlotte V lands on April 16th of 2011

One of the great advantages of the BarCamp unconference model is that a majority of the event content, activities and sessions are not predetermined. Rather than a well sculpted / thoroughly planned event, BarCamp allows for a more loose-limbed and democratic-style process that results in an event which really caters to the community of attendees.

Here is basically how it all works –

  1. Attendees gather at the event. This year’s event starts at 8am.
  2. The BarCamp event MC will request that attendees stand and make a 30 second “pitch” for their presentation, topic, talk, activity, etc.
  3. Attendees make their brief pitch to the audience. This is your chance to tell the attendees the basics of your session including the who, what, and why they should vote for your session.
  4. A BarCamp event volunteer will write a session title on a large sheet of paper and post it up for attendees to see.
  5. Steps #3 and #4 repeat as new presenters and topics are introduced. From prior events, it seems typical to have 20-35 pitches.
  6. Once all sessions have been introduced and posted, attendees are provided with pens or markers and asked to mark a single line on the sessions that they are likely to attend. Generally, we recommend that attendees not vote for more than 5 sessions.
  7. After the wave of attendee voting has concluded, BarCamp volunteers tally up the votes. The sessions with the most votes are arranged into appropriate time slots and rooms are assigned.
  8. Attendees leave from the meeting place and gather in the room(s) assigned to the corresponding session(s) that they wish to attend.

If many engineers and IT geeks attend, more sessions may take a technical spin. If more public relations professionals attend, attendees may see more marketing and PR topics pitched. The “what’s hot” is flexible and immediately steered by the event attendees. Fun stuff!

During BarCamp Charlotte, the 1st round of sessions generally end around lunch time and there’s a community feast. This lunch feast is provided by the generous support of local businesses and contributors (show ’em some love). In some cases, there are also paid options available (FYI). After lunch, the event resumes.

Now we get to a point of discussion and ultimately the reason why I decided to write this long-winded piece. Historically, we’ve handled the after lunch process by repeating the gathering, pitching, and voting. On the positive side, sessions that didn’t make during the first round of pitches can be tweaked and re-pitched. New topics emerge from those inspired by prior sessions and attendees who were perhaps reluctant in the beginning but have since warmed-up to barcamping. On the negative site, restarting the pitching process adds a large chunk of time to the event. At a prior BarCamp Charlotte, some felt that things may have run a bit too long. So, an idea has been introduced to request that all session pitches be made up-front in the morning and thus we would not repeat the pitching and voting process after lunch. This approach may save some time.

So, what do you think? As the MC for BarCamp Charlotte 5, I thought it best to take this question to the community. Certainly, those of you who have attended before will generally know the drill and we value your thoughts. Those of you who are new to barcamping, what are your thoughts? What is your preference?

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BarCamp Charlotte V comes to Area 15 on April 16th, 2011

BarCamp Charlotte 5

BarCamp Charlotte V

Friends, I am MC’ing the upcoming BarCamp V event in Charlotte and just wanted to fire off a quick intro and invite to you. Please do feel free to fwd the event to your friends and associated that may be interested.

“BarCamp” is a free, unconference event for networking, knowledge-building and fun. If you’ve never participated in a BarCamp, it’s a lot of fun, you’ll meet some great people, and learn something new. Best of all, it’s completely free. If you’ve worked with me on THE Geek Fest initiatives in the past, BarCamp is different but has a similar grassroots vibe and also supports a culture of innovation in the greater Charlotte area. Topics presented typically range from the geeky and technical to the creative and weird.

Come join us at Area 15 on April 16th, 2011. If you feel the calling, present something yourself. I am absolutely certain that you’ll be glad that you came.

Also, on the same day, CPCC is hosting “Sensoria” activities on the Central campus near uptown and it’s going to be outstanding as well. If a day with the geeks doesn’t speak to you, there are nearby alternatives. Yes, I just made a double-plug. =)
http://sensoria.cpcc.edu

Geek is chic.
Adam S. Brooks

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