[Chicago] BARcamp - Chicago 2007
jason at hostedlabs.com
Mon Apr 23 20:10:47 CEST 2007
BARcamp - Chicago 2007 is in the planning stages now, shooting for
June, and I wanted to reach out to everyone and give an update and ask
Last years BARcamp was a big success, thanks to most of you on the
list here and all the people that showed up and contributed. I have
been getting pings from lots of people over the last few months about
the next one and based on community feedback I am expecting it to be at
least twice the size of last years.
I picked up a few ideas from attending Yahoo's HackDay and a few
other events. Also, I believe Chicago's Web2.0 Beta Meetup for the
month of June will happen at BARcamp. Other user groups are welcome to
hold meetings there (just not all at the same time) to get broader
community involvement. It may be a good place to have a beginners intro
to your language as part of the meeting.
Where we are at:
The search for the venue is on! This is the biggest hurdle. Last year
the community came through in a big way for everything else but we have
to have a place to make it happen.
What We Need:
1) 5000+ sq/ft (last year was 2600ish I think?)..
2) 72 full hours access, Friday evening to Monday morning (last year I
finished cleaning up at 06:30am Monday morning)
3) A shower would be great. AC is a must. NOTE: June should be cooler
than last year ;-)
4) No serious noise constraints (last year was quiet enough but still
would have disturbed sleeping neighbors)
5) Close-ish to downtown Chicago or L stop.
6) Internet access.. somehow..
What We Have:
2) A reasonable budget to pay for the facility for the weekend
3) Equipment, sundries, volunteers and enthusiasm ;-)
What Can You Do:
Help in any form is welcome.
1) Help find a venue, send me names, phone numbers, addresses.. anything
you can think of to help find a space.
2) Blog, post, link, forward the email, spread the word. The wiki isn't
live yet, but will be coming on-line shortly:
3) Sponsorship - just like last year, not asking for a lot, no set fees,
no admission to attend so its all volunteer and sponsor driven.
4) Give a talk - we had some great presentations last year. This year
we may have a start-up competition and some more organized
5) Show up!.. everyone is welcome if you are interested in technology
and the community here in Chicago.
Well, thats it for now. Feel free to email me or give me a call if you
have any ideas, suggestions or questions!
jason at hostedlabs.com
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