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Post-BarCamp Indy 2008

I probably should have written more about BarCamp Indy between the first time and now, but, oh well. I certainly did plenty of word-of-mouth promotion to my geeky friends that might have been interested, so that's what matters.

So yes, BarCamp Indy 2008 was today. A BarCamp is an “un-conference”-style tech conference. All content is presented by the participants and is usually scheduled on the day of the event. It's a very open and collaborative event.

This was the inaugural BarCamp in Indianapolis and while I have never been to one before, I thought it was quite a success. We had 16 in attendance, one of whom drove a couple hours from South Bend to attend (I believe he said he left at 5:30am). Topics included: “Going Green with Technology”, “Linux Desktop: Making the Switch”, “The Future of Mobile Web”, “Graphic Web Design and CSS”, “Simplifying Your Life in Spite of Technology”, and “Information Strategy / Processing”. There was good discussion for all of these topics, and various links related to these can all be found on, tagged with 'barcampindy2008'. The presenters will be uploading their presentations and linking them from the BarCamp Indy wiki. I encourage them to tag these on as well, so they should show up on that same page above.

Brad Williams used Ustream to stream live video of BarCamp. Ustream provides chat along with the video, so we had several people tune in and interact. Pretty cool. Most of us there are on-board The Twitter, of course. Between Scott Wilder, Brad Williams, and myself posting updates, I'm sure most of central Indiana Twitter people knew what was going on. Twitter is awesome, simple, has great uses and potential; I recommend it, even if it seems silly at first.

Photos from the event can be found on Flickr, also tagged with 'barcampindy2008'.

I think it was unanimous that this was a successful BarCamp, and I am sure there will be more coming. How soon, when, and where – that's all up in the air. I'm sure we will all start working that out on the wiki soon enough. Feel free to join in!

P.S. Check out our cool lanyards and name badges, provided by SnapFoo. Scott was cool enough to use my special capitalization.

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Rajan Rajan
This was first of it's kind of events, I participated in USA.
It was great meeting new people and learning new things.
Thanks all.

IndyChristian IndyChristian
gRegor (and Rajan)... It was my pleasure to meet you guys there. And thanks for this summary and set of links.

[And thanks, gRegor for the tag-link — it's a great way to collaborate with a high S2N ratio.]

Rajan... Hope you'll join us some other Saturday sometime soon (10am each week)... as we get to know people there and answer their internet questions... even produce a neighborhood tv program via the internet.


The Spheric1 The Spheric1
Ah, I wish I had known more about it--I think I might have found it interesting, though I probably wouldn't have been able to go because of being busy.

Rachelskirts Rachelskirts
Sounds like a geektastic event! I need to start attending more conference things. Or just attend more outside-my-house things. It'd be fun to meet up with other people who actually know what Twitter is. And And the internet.

Love the name tag, by the way.

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