It’s Time to Plan For the Monsoon 2016 Edition of Barcamp Bangalore

July’s here and with the monsoons comes the next edition of Barcamp Bangalore. Yes, it’s that time when we start planning for next edition of Barcamp Bangalore. This year marks 10 years of Barcamp in Bangalore. Yes, folks – we’ve been at this for 10 years. The planners may have come and gone, but the spirit of unconference – the spirit that campers love, remains unmoved. This will be the 20th Barcamp in Bangalore and continuing our naming trend this will be “Barcamp Bangalore Monsoon 2016”.

The first planners’ meet will be held this Saturday, July 23rd. We welcome anyone who wants to be part of the planning is welcome to join the team.

To give you an idea about what it takes to plan a Barcamp, here’s some things we planners look into:

  • Venue search
  • Sponsorship
  • Goodies
  • Logistics
  • Design (Posters, Stickers, Social media images, etc)
  • Website and Mobile App refresh
  • Some unconventional ideas to keep things afresh

Enough talk, where do I come?

We meet at Home Cafe by Mr.Beans, Koramangala 11am onwards.

See you there!

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The gates are open: Accepting registrations and session proposals for Spring 2016 event

We are pleased to announce that BarCamp Bangalore Spring 2016 is now accepting participant registrations, RSVPs, and session proposals. The event will be held on April 30th, 2016 at CMR Institute of Technology, Whitefield 8:00 AM onwards.

Follow the instructions below to join the fun.

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Campers’ thoughts and memories about a decade of Barcamp Bangalore

With the Spring 2016 edition of Barcamp Bangalore, us Barcamp Planners have been succesfully organizing Barcamps for a decade now. The planning team has changed, some of the original campers still do visit us, some have moved to make something new.

We reached out to few campers to collect their thoughts about Barcamp and what Barcamp meant to them and how it has influenced, helped or otherwise changed them. Here’s what they had to say, in no specific order.

Thejesh GN

I remember very clearly attending the very first barcamp. I even have some pics from that (https://thejeshgn.com/2006/04/22/early-pics-from-barcamp-bangalore/) taken using my rudimentary camera.
I remember it being first of its kind. I met many on that day, that even today I remember and talk to when I go the barcamp now. I remember people being kind, happy and encouraging. I think its still the spirit at Barcamp Bangalore today.

Yusuf Motiwala

10 years, wow, time flies.

It was my first such event and special memories associated with it. Coming from a pure telco world, some of those web technology was new to me, learnt a new words like ‘podcast’ and wordpress there only 🙂
Plenty of interesting sessions that day, the first session I attended was Pinko Marketing by Tara Hunt. Another session which was well presented was Taazza by Arun Ram.  News integration was quite popular idea then, a few more sessions on similar line, samachar, newsvine, newshound, meme tracking
Flickr, Digg and Google maps, wikipedia were hot and there were a few sessions on integrating them. There was also a session on not so common zenrin maps, amazing isn’t?  Another happening area was Amazon Mechanical Trunk, in fact a few sessions on mechanical turk. Someone from Amazon (possibly Amar Zumkhawala) presented on Amazon services.  And there were more diverse sessions like spikesource, diango, sharpcast, 1 click blogging, A9 searching, junk prototypes, microformats, flex and even voicexml.
While everyone were talking about web and web, something different was a session by Rajiv Poddar on his micro OS for small mobiles. Very cool it was.
Not sure I gave you any quotable things but indeed it was my introduction to web technology world, has potentially influenced my start-up journey which was about to begin.
And no, I didn’t remember everything. Some of them comes from my notes – attached are pictures of my BCB 2005 souvenirs 🙂
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Having run Barcamp in the early days with the fellow volunteers the experience was humbling & inspiring. Barcamp gave birth to so many more specific collectives: both Headstart & Designday owe their seeds at Barcamp. The people I have met over years at BCB have become my close friends or partner in crime at other communities/activities. It has no doubt transformed the landscape of Bangalore and its culture. Looking forward to the next 10!
Barcamp holds a very special place in my heart for several reasons. The top-most of which is the fact that the beta launch of Eventosaur was announced at Barcamp. It’s been a very special journey and continues to be magical – the people, the sessions, the familiarity coupled with the unpredictable nature of Barcamp. It is surreal. I think and hope I’ll continue to attend, contribute and learn at Barcamp for decades to come.
Nikhil
Coming out of college at a time when such meetups were far and few, I always wondered how the whole Barcamp concept works. I would always hear about it from my close buddy Thejesh, but for one or the other reason never attended it till 2011. The first experience was more than what I had expected – made new friends and found common interests.
My most memorable experience was the presentation of my wearable computer at Techlashduring Barcamp Monsoon 2013. Except for making presentations in corporate meeting rooms to a handful of people, I never had any experience presenting to a crowd. The device being a very early prototype, I didn’t expect people to show much interest. The response took me by surprise. That one 20 min talk (which was expected to run only for 5 mins) opened up floodgates of networking. Now everyone from curious attendees to companies interested in funding startups were interested to talk to me. People were not just talking but were offering ideas and suggestions on what this device can be put to use. I’ve never seen this kind of sharing in corporate environments! Sadly I was not able to cash in on all this interest, mainly due to personal reasons.
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Long time (and ongoing) planner Saurabh wrote about his journey of being a planner 
I have been part of Barcamp Bangalore ever since and it has taught me a lot of things. More importantly it has kept my passion of technology alive regardless of what technology I have been working on in my day job. I could say a lot more about things I have learnt at Barcamp Bangalore but that for the next post.
Sometimes we feel intimidated because the folks, who have been around for sometime,  are much more experienced or skilled. But it is important that you do whatever little that you can. It works in two ways — establishes the fact that you can do things, and secondly, helps other folks do more because you have taken some of their responsibilities. This was very critical when I had joined the team and had no credibility whatsoever.
Have some thoughts to add? Drop a comment and let us know.

Tinkerform to be Friends of Barcamp Sponsor for Barcamp Bangalore Spring 2016

We’re happy to announce that Tinkerform will be the second Friends of Barcamp sponsor for the upcoming Spring 2016 edition.

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Tinkerform is an Innovation Consultancy which works closely with startups. We are a team of Tinkerers, Futurists, Problem solvers and Creators who wants to change the world one startup at a time.

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Friends of Barcamp is a tier is open for early and mid-stage startups or small businesses. We have more sponsorship slots and tiers available, please refer to our sponsorship prospectus for more details.

My journey of being a planner at Barcamp Bangalore

Saurabh, one of the earliest and longest running planners for Barcamp Bangalore, chimes in about why and how he started helping out at Barcamp

I learnt about Barcamp Bangalore sometime in June or July 2007. I was fascinated by the idea of sharing ideas, learning about technology and talking about them as well. I attended a large lot of talks on both the days that it was there. I don’t remember what all talks I attended, but they were not tied to any one technology at all. That was the best part of the entire event according to me.

Post event, I joined the Yahoo mailing list and after a few days there was this call for anyone interested in planning the next one. I was excited to be part of it. A naive idiot, just a couple of years out of college, I thought wow, this going to be something. Then at the planners meet there were a lot of folks. But I remember Arun Ram, Hari, Jace a.k.a. Kiran(I found out that day), Srinivas and Keshav . I felt awesome to be able to contribute something here. It was made very clear that everyone was equal and could they would be heard.

From my blog about that day (http://the100rabh.blogspot.com/2007/10/barcamp-bangalore-07-winter-edition.html)

Soon after we left for our ways with the idea that we would be doing something good to start an ecosystem in Bangalore, which can actually make Bangalore truly a Silicon Valley.

As you could imagine, I was filled with a lot of optimism with that. We all wanted to experiment and make things better for the ecosystem. This is something I have not forgotten and keep on pushing things for the better.

I have been part of Barcamp Bangalore ever since and it has taught me a lot of things. More importantly it has kept my passion of technology alive regardless of what technology I have been working on in my day job. I could say a lot more about things I have learnt at Barcamp Bangalore but that for the next post.

Styletag.com to be Friends of Barcamp Sponsor for Barcamp Bangalore Spring 2016

We’re happy to announce that Styletag.com will be a Friends of Barcamp sponsor for the upcoming Spring 2016 edition.

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Styletag.com is India’s first online curated fashion and lifestyle destination. Styletag makes the best of couture and prêt fashion available to millions of people based in and around smaller cities and towns across the country.

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Friends of Barcamp is a tier is open for early and mid-stage startups or small businesses. We have more sponsorship slots and tiers available, please refer to our sponsorship prospectus for more details.

 

Sponsorship Prospectus and Call for Sponsors for Barcamp Bangalore Spring 2016

BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences(unconferences, rather). Barcamp is meant to  be an open, participatory events, the content of which is provided by attendees. Barcamp Bangalore is India’s premier unconference. For a decade, Barcamp Bangalore has been focusing on being a free, community powered event providing a platform for a people from diverse backgrounds to share, showcase, discuss and collaborate on many different aspects.

Barcamp has been a springboard for many startups, professionals and business alike. This year marks a decade of conducting Barcamp in Bangalore and we’d like to make this a momentous event.

Why Sponsor?

Being a 100% free,  volunteer driven event, sponsors are what make this unconference possible. We rely on sponsorships for making Barcamp happen – from video recording to providing snacks/lunch to goodies like t-shirts. All of these offer great benefits for those attending, enhancing their Barcamp experience and thus we hope, attendees spread the word about us providing more exposure about the sponsors as well as about the event.

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Barcamp Bangalore Spring 2016 is Here

Does this picture ring a bell?

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(picture courtesy Kiran Jonnalagadda on Flickr)

Let me jog your memory – that’s how the first edition of Barcamp Bangalore started. Since then, Barcamp Bangalore has weathered many a storm and till date the tradition continues. In fact, this year marks 10 years since the first edition of Barcamp Bangalore was first kicked off.

As the years passed on, we’ve done numerous changes – electronic scheduling, real-time display of tweets, Mobile Apps, Techlash – an exclusive hour long session dedicated to showcase Tech solutions to problems – these are just some of the things we’ve brought out – yet the flavour, the feel of a unconference that is signature of a Barcamp continues unabated.

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Coming soon: A decade of Barcamp Bangalore. Join us in making it the best, ever.

Yes, it’s that time when we start planning for next edition of Barcamp Bangalore. This time, however – it’s special. This edition marks 10 years of Barcamp in Bangalore. Yes, folks – we’ve been at this for 10 years. The planners may have come and gone, but the spirit of unconference – the spirit that campers love, remains unmoved.  This will be the 19th Barcamp in Bangalore and continuing our naming trend this will be “Barcamp Bangalore Spring 2016”.

We will be meeting every Sunday at 10am. As with previous Barcamps, anyone who wants to be part of the planning is welcome to join the team.

To give you an idea about what it takes to plan a Barcamp, here’s some things we planners look into:

  • Venue search
  • Sponsorship
  • Goodies
  • Logistics
  • Design (Posters, Stickers, Social media images, etc)
  • Website and Mobile App refresh
  • Some unconventional ideas to keep things afresh

Enough talk, where do I come?

Here’s where we meet

Near.co (formerly AdNear), Koramangala

Time : 10 AM

Barcamp Bangalore Monsoon 2015 will now be on November 1st

Due to some unavoidable circumstances, Barcamp Bangalore is now scheduled for November 1, 2015 instead of the previously communicated date of October 31, 2015. 

We tried out our best to have the event date not moved, but certain things were beyond us and we have had no choice but to have the date postponed. The venue remains the same – you will be BarCamping with us on a Sunday!
Please make sure you update your calendar. Spread the word through social media channels like Twitter or Facebook or any other channels you know to let others know as well.