BarCamp KL 2009
I got to know about barcamp.org in 2008 on the first year of such event being held in Malaysia.
What is BarCamp?
It is a conference style event but not so much of a normal conference. Confused?
To be exact, the actual founders of this event concept defines BarCamp as:
BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event.
There are BarCamp events all over the world and there is a group of people organizing it in Malaysia too. The debut of BarCamp Malaysia 2008 had the unconference held in KL and JB.
This time around in 2009, the BarCamp KL is on the 4th and 5th April at Inti College, Subang.
Should you join? What to expect?
It’s my first time, but I think I should join as it’s good to know some people from the same industry and it is a beneficial event for those who share common interest. Most of all, it’s free entrance and you get a t-shirt!
I’m not able to say much about what to expect, but this is what’s listed from the BarCamp website:
What To Expect:
- Pre-register on the wiki. There’s a signup page for your local event. Please put your name and any organization you represent on the form, to give coordinators an idea as to how many people are coming (and to get your nametag printed, instead of Sharpie’d!)
- Bring a laptop – It’s great for showing off that program you mentioned in your session. Plus, there are many hotspots provided, and plenty of downtime to browse around and look into everything you’ve learned.
- Come early, but not too early – Showing up at the announced starting time will be fine. Show up earlier, and you’ll get drafted for setup work (much appreciated!). Show up later, and you’ll miss some social activity and your T-shirt.
- Be ready to participate – come with an idea for a session you can lead. You don’t have to be an expert at your topic; as long as it’s not too specific, there’ll probably be someone else present who can help you out. You can also contribute to the conversation during a session. This is a great way to participate, since it spreads knowledge from everyone, instead of just the leader.
I think BarCamp Malaysia is a localized version of the international BarCamp due to some differences in the rules of BarCamp to suit the local crowd.
Nevertheless, I will be attending it this year to get to join some interesting topics and also to meet some geeks. 🙂
H20 OpenSocial Hackathon
For your information, I am not only attending this BarCamp KL 2009. I was roped in by Nazrul who is organizing the H2O OpenSocial Hackathon to share my experience together with him on developing applications with OpenSocial platform to the crowd.
By the way, did I mention that the hackathon ends with a selection of “Most Promising Social Application”?
So mark your calendar for H20 OpenSocial hackathon
Date: 4th & 5th April 2009
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Room 7, Inti College
Hosted by: The people who loves OpenSocial
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Register here and see you there!
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