[Talk] FUDCon Barcamp
User generated conference
What's a BarCamp conference?
BarCamps are participant-driven events, and anyone who wants to run a session is invited to do a pitch. Your pitch advertises your talk and convinces other people to vote for it and attend.
After the pitches, conference participants will quickly vote on which pitches they would like to see the most. The session titles will be posted on the wall on pieces of paper. Each participant should make a vote on the session proposals that interest them the most, marking as many proposals as they like. Voting allow the organizers and participants to reduce conflicts, combine two like subjects, or remove sessions with low interest.
Scheduling of sessions is also a collaborative effort. Speakers and attendees work with each other to eliminate conflicts and produce a logical schedule. Once the schedule is completed, it is transcribed to the whiteboard and the event site for everyone's reference.
We only have 90 minutes for the introduction, pitches and scheduling, so it is incredibly important that we start on time at and that we stay on topic and on our schedule.
The Rule of Two Feet is encourage. This rule is simple: You are not required to stay in a session that loses your interest. If you find the presentation is not what you thought it would be, use your two feet to find an alternative session. If you'd like a session leader to cover a different kind of material, ask them about it. (Nicely, of course - we value courtesy along with flexibility)
Sound confusing? In principle, you'd be right. In practice, though, this process results in a dynamic engaging ad information-packed event. The combination of collaboration, flexibility and user-driven content makes it nearly impossible to leave the conference dissatisfied. Once you've experienced a BarCamp style event, you may find you enjoy it more than other formats!