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 topics - the speakers and 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 to you.
What is the format of presentation? How long is each presentation slot?
Each of these presentation slots are 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 really 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. Lightning talks are held at the end of the day and each presenter gets 5 minutes to present his or her idea.
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 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 at 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)