BarCamps are free, community-driven conferences. Register to attend and then consider joining the discussion!
9am October 1st - 9pm October 2nd
Sessions will be held throughout both days, with introductions the morning of the 1st. Come and go as you please. Join in on the discussion for details about food during the event.
9850 South 54th Street
Registration is required but the event is free. There is a space limit, so please cancel your registration if you can not make it.
BarCamp Milwaukee is free to attend (remember to register, though!) However, putting on this event is impossible without great sponsors and donations from people like you who donate to keep us going.
Tag conversations #bcmke11
Unlike a traditional conference, the sessions at BarCamp Milwaukee are decided upon by you, the participants, on the day of the conference. Presentations can be prepared ahead of time or put together on-the-fly based on discussion at the event. Attendees are not required to present, but are encouraged. View the schedule for the current lineup of sessions and activities.
Once there was this thing called Foo Camp - a gathering of the tech elites by special invite of Tim O'Reilly. It was a pretty cool participant-driven event, but it was invite only. [Boo - hiss!]
In 2005, someone thought:
Just because you weren't invited, doesn't mean you shouldn't get the benefit of an awesome gathering like this.So...
BarCamp (as in foobar) was born! BarCamps are participant-driven technical events located all over the world (like Milwaukee). These not-for-profit, inclusive events are open to anyone, invite or not! (Most require registration for planning purposes.)
Ok - fine - cool - but what does participant-driven mean? What actually happens at a BarCamp?
What happens at BarCamp does not stay at BarCamp!
Since BarCamp is a participant-driven event, we can't say for certain what happens. But, there are some generally predictable things that happen.
In the morning, participants interested in presenting a topic should add their name and topic to an open spot in the schedule.
Then, before each presentation, everyone checks the schedule and attends a location/talk that they wish.
Didn't find any that you like? That's ok - find a spot - grab some people - and make your own talk. It can be a presentation, a round-table, a discussion or even a show-and-tell.
Bring your sleeping bag! Attendees are welcome to stay the night at the event location.
Let's answer a question with a question: Who goes to BarCamp?
In a word: everyone!
You're going to find technical programmers, community activists, product managers, business owners, music aficionados, artists, geeks, gamers - just everyone.
Everyone who attends BarCamp has a passion to learn, to share, and to grow professionally or personally.
Why should you go? It's simple. You want to learn, you want to share, you want to inspire and be inspired.
And most importantly, this unique event needs you! As a community and participant driven event, this is for you, by you.