Hello all, the BarCamp is happening soon - Saturday, December 02 from 12 PM to 5 PM at library@Orchard (277 Orchard Rd, #03-12 Orchard Gateway, 238858, nearest MRT stop is Somerset). We will not do any registration etc. You are welcome to come in and leave anytime. But if you want to post a topic for discussion, we recommend that come in at 12 PM. As you enter the library@Orchard on level 03, you will see some signs leading you to the room that we will be using.
We prefer that you engage the participants via discussions rather than run through slides. One of the discussion areas will have a projector if you need one. We are expecting talks on a range of themes - tech, science and environment, health and fitness, minimalism, travels etc.
Below are some issues that we discussed at the last Barcamp
Cycling in SG as an alternative mode of transport, lessons from my trip where everything got stolen, how to make remote work really work, interstellar travel, fake news, how to make great coffee, tackling food waste in Singapore.
Barcamps are peer learning meetups featuring discussions on a range of topics – from technology to travel, from science to popular culture. There are no invited speakers and no pre-scheduled talks - the discussion topics are chosen by the participants on the actual date at the venue.
Attendees are usually technologists, media professionals, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students.
How does one vote for a topic or put up a discussion topic?
As you enter the venue, you will see the topic wall. The participants who are keen on presenting or leading a discussion would have posted their topics on the wall. Take the marker pen and vote for the topics that you like.
If you want to lead a discussion or make a presentation, take the topic sheet from the nearby desk, fill in the details and post it on the topic wall. The attendees will walk around checking out the topics. If they like your topic, they will vote for it. Once you have 20 to 30 votes, we will assign a room and a time slot for you.
What is the format of presentation? How long is each presentation slot?
Each of these presentation slots is 25 minutes long. There is a gap of 5 minutes to help the next presenter settle in. We prefer that you don't make slides - the idea is to have free from discussions. There will be projectors in some of the rooms if you want to show your slides. Come 5 minutes early to set-up your computer etc.
We will post the time-slots and room details once we finalise the topics.
Previous BarCamps in Singapore
The National Art Gallery hosted us in 2016. NUS Enterprise (Block 71) hosted us in 2015. Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) hosted us in 2014. NUS UTown hosted us in 2012. MDA, NUS and Singtel hosted us at their Blk71 incubation centre in 2011. The Singapore City Hall building was the venue (via the National Art Gallery) for the BarCamp in October 2010. Singapore Polytechnic was our host in early 2010. Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) hosted the BarCamp in 2009, Ngee Ann Polytechnic was our host in 2008.
Singapore Barcamp has no sponsors. We run the event on zero budget. We crowdsource stationary, electrical supplies and wireless equipment. We urge participants to bring their own tumblers for water.
Barcamps in South East Asia
Hong Kong, Bangkok (late night excursions into secret alleys), Yangon (biggest un-conference in the world), Penang, Johor, Phnom Penh (biggest afterparty) and Saigon (late night excursions into even more secret alleys) host Barcamps once every year. Google for the word Barcamp followed by the name of the city.
(Media credits - Photos and videos from BarcampSG9 September 2014 held at IDA Singapore. Photos by Valentine Chua. Video by Stephen February)