What is Barcamp?
Barcamp is a 100% volunteer driven, not-for-profit, free, open-for-all event focused on people, ideas, and collaboration. Barcamp is where people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience can share and collaborate.
Is it free?
Yes! There is no fee for anything at all. Simply register for the event and come on in!
Is Barcamp about bars or alcohol?
Haha. Nope. More details in here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp 🙂
What is the schedule for the event?
Registration starts at 8 AM. There is a recommended kickoff session at 9 AM. The sessions tracks begin at 9:30 AM. There will be 6 parallel tracks for the entire day of the event. Each track will have 6 sessions per day (6×6 = 36 sessions in all).
What are these sessions you mentioned?
Each session is 45 minutes long. Sessions can be presented by anyone and they can be about anything. Recommended format is 30 minutes of talk and 15 minutes for Q&A. Share something you’re passionate about, talk about your life experiences, interests, job, or hobbies. Propose a session right away! Take a look at our previous Barcamp sessions for inspiration.
Do we have to present a session?
Nope! You’re welcome to just attend sessions and participate in discussions. It’s a great opportunity to learn something new and meet some interesting people.
Do I need to register for a session to attend it?
You don’t have to. But we recommend you click “I wanna attend” on sessions you’re interested in so we know how many people to expect for a session to help us minimize scheduling clashes. Clicking on this button helps the session speaker to know how many people are interested in it. The “I wanna Attend” button also helps understand the popularity of a session and we use this, along with a few other factors to ensure that session overlaps are minimal when we run our scheduling algorithms to assign time slots to the sessions.
How are sessions chosen?
Submitting a session just indicates that you want to talk about it. On the event day, the talks are finalized on a first come first serve basis. If you want to guarantee your talk, just submit it, and show up in time! Your session will be finalized and you’ll get a time slot assigned to you as soon as you arrive. Our algorithmic scheduler assigns slots to speakers to minimize session clashes.
How should I present a session?
You’re free to utilize your session time however you want — leading a discussion, demoing your product, teaching us a skill, or even play a game! PowerPoint presentations aren’t required. If you do have one, you’ll have to bring your own laptop and any adapters you need to connect to VGA projectors.
I wasn’t able to get a slot, can I still speak at Barcamp?
Yes! We thrive on and actively encourage impromptu sessions. Gather some people around, find an open space, and just start talking! We call these Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions, and if you approach one of the planners, we’ll spread the word about it on the app and session listing.
Can I photograph/record the event and sessions?
Yes! We encourage people to film and take photographs. Make sure you share them with us and on social media. We use the hashtag #barcampblr!
What do I need to bring?
You’re not required to bring anything. You’re welcome to bring your laptop, or pen and paper if you’re more traditional. The event location has Wi-Fi as well. Lunch and water will be available at the cafeteria. Please bring your own reusable water bottles.
Who’s organizing Barcamp Bangalore?
Barcamp Bangalore is a 100% volunteer driven not-for-profit event. We are regular people from the community providing a platform for folks from different walks of life to come together and talk about their ideas. Check our Team page and see the Planner’s Blog
Can I help?
How do I provide my feedback?
Simple! Just twitter @barcampbng or shoot an email to Barcamp Bangalore Meetup!