25 November, 2009

Bradford BarCamp


The final day of the Bradford Animation Festival saw over 100 BarCampers descend upon the Museum and Bradford College’s WOW Academy. For the uninitiated, a BarCamp is a free, friendly, democratic conference where the speakers and sessions are created on the day.

Split across five rooms, sessions last thirty minutes and delegates fill up the timetable at the start of the day. There is simply one rule; if this is your first time at BarCamp, you have to speak!

BarCamps generally focus on technology, and topics ranged from iPhone app development, web design and animation to producing computer games and getting the most from Twitter. I did have a presentation planned out in my head but by the time I reached the timetable all the free slots were gone!

This gave me time to enjoy other people speak and I dipped into sessions exploring how to hold meetings in Second Life, and a clever PowerPoint presentation explaining the art of PowerPoint presentations.

This was the first BarCamp to be held in Bradford and feedback from across the Twittersphere is that the event was a resounding success. After the last presentation and wrap up by BarCamp organiser, Ian Green, the delegates made their way to Pictureville Bar and joined in with the BAF closing night celebrations.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was a good event, I met some nice people and saw some interesting talks. I found some new people to follow on Twitter and I am looking forward to next years event.

David Batty

David RB said...

Great event - Great film.
Made some excellent contacts in a relaxed and informal manner. Learned things things I didn't know too. All round success.
Like:
Think Bradford - Think Film
Think Film - Think Bradford

Ian Green said...

Thanks for this. Great video, great event, great people. Are we going to do it again in 2010? You betcha

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