[clug] Re: reviving BarCampCanberra

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Wed Feb 6 04:48:23 GMT 2008

I guess I should comment on this thread. If we were to have the BarCamp
here at the CSIT Building at ANU, I would be largely responsible for it.
I have never been to a BarCamp, but looking it up on Wikipedia (source
of all truth...) I see words like anarchic etc. and I am not sure that
I really want to be responsible for something like that (some here are
sure to think that I am now getting hysterical or whatever).

I notice that the Melbourne BarCamp (in a couple of weeks) is not being
held on a Uni. campus (I think), but in an office building in the CBD.

I have also had some discussion with some academics here. None of them
have ever heard of BarCamp, but one of them has helped establish a local
dorkbot chapter here in Canberra recently (www.dorkbot.org - "people
doing strange things with electricity"). Probably not the same as
BarCamp, but meets monthly (apparently) and is all about technology
and art and stuff like that. Sounds kinda interesting to me!

Anyway, that's my $0.02 worth. If a BarCamp is organised in Canberra,
at a time/date that I can make, I will endeavour to get along and get
a better feel for what it is all about.


Bob Edwards.

Stephen Collins wrote:
> All
> On Feb 3, 2008 3:13 PM, Andrew Boyd <facibus at gmail.com> wrote:
>> My feeling is that it will fail again this year because of the
>> diversity of opinion and the multiple reasons why some location won't
>> work for everybody - I think that we can probably guess that no
>> location will work for everybody, and my suggestion last year that we
>> run with a location that at least worked for some people was not
>> popular. I still maintain that half a BarCamp would be better than
>> none, and that we can build on even a small success.
> I'm siding with Andrew here - 100%. We need to choose a good enough
> venue with access to public transport for those who need it. UTS in
> Sydney can't be perfect for everyone, but they still get there. The
> "not suitable for me" attitude seems to be a Canberra thing.
> It will be far better that we have a BarCamp of some description
> rather than none. I'm more than a little disappointed by the lack of
> interest on the part of the ANU - I would have thought that BarCamp
> would be the ideal point of exposure for some of the clever stuff
> their students are working on, would expose commercialisation
> opportunities (we'd more than likely have some angel and VC types
> along), as well as earning them significant kudos in the local tech
> community.
> Steve

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