BarcampSG10 will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2010
What is a barcamp?
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Barcamps are peer learning meetups featuring discussions on a range of topics – from technology to travel, from science fiction to life-hacks. Barcamps are held all over the world by local volunteers. There are no invited speakers and no pre-scheduled topics. People working on interesting ideas and projects come together and share their work.
The presentations and discussion for the day are decided by the participants at the venue. We often have sessions running in parallel in adjacent rooms. If the discussion in one room does not interest you, feel free to walk out and join the next room.
Who are the participants and what do we talk about?
Attendees are usually technologists, media professionals, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students. We have had discussion on topic as diverse as books, history, physics, astronomy, bio-hacking, food, travel, relationships, design, coffee etc.
Who hosted past Barcamps in Singapore?
Usually, it is local schools, museums, libraries etc. 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 the upcoming National Arts Gallery) for the barcamp in October 2010. Singapore Polytechnic was our host in March 2010. Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) hosted the barcamp twice, in November 2009 and in September 2014, Ngee Ann Polytechnic was our host in March 2009.
Singapore barcamps have no sponsors. We run the event at zero budget. We crowdsource stationary, electrical supplies and wireless equipment. We urge participants to bring their own tumblers for water. There is no registration desk, no lanyards. We strive to make the event simple and consume as less resources as possible. There no organisers too (if you make the mistake of showing up too early for the event, you will be designated as the organiser).
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 you like. If you want to lead a discussion, write down your topic and your name on the topic-sheet 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. We count the number of votes and assign the slots to the presenters.
Each of these presentation slots are 25 minutes long. We will post the time-slots and room details once we finalise the topics. If your topic did not get enough votes, we will ask you to join the lightning talks. The lightning talks are held at the end of the day and each presenter gets 5 minutes to present his or her idea.
Photos and videos from BarcampSG September 2014 at IDA Singapore. Photos by Valentine Chua. Videos by Stephen February.