Learn Something New, Meet Some People, Be Social at BarCamp Buffalo
by Chris Smith (@ChrisSmithAV) - posted 9:55 am, January 30, 2013
Building a regional culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity requires more than capital, it requires a community of like-minded people to foster ideas. To that end, Buffalo’s burgeoning startup and creative technology movement takes another step forward this weekend as members of the tech community will spend Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at Medaille College. Not to take classes, but to teach them, to each other. BarCamp Buffalo, a collaborative “un-conference,” gives everybody a chance to teach a session or a “lightning talk” about their work, their hobby, or their esoteric knowledge.
BarCamp Buffalo 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 attendees. No spectators, only participants. All attendees should give a demo, a session, or help with one, or at least strive to meet a few new people. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join.
In the past, the standard 10-15 minute presentations have covered topics as varied as community journalism, homebrewing, search engine optimization, and programming code. In other words, there’s usually something for everyone. And if there isn’t? Sign up and give a presentation on a topic of your choice.
Steve Poland, one of the event organizers wrote the following on the Buffalo Open Coffee Club Google Group, “The goal of BarCamp is to teach others something, expose them to something, hate something you’re passionate about or been learning yourself, or a project or startup or app you have been working on, etc. Let others get to know you. You may find others are just as excited as you are.”
Registration is free, and the first 100 registrants at BarCampBuffalo.org receive a free event T-shirt. Breakfast, lunch, and beverages will be provided for all in attendance, barring overcapacity crowds. If you attended a prior BarCamp Buffalo, we lacked space and had altered the format — expect the real deal now that we have lots of space (30-min presentations, multiple presentations in different rooms at every moment to give you greater choices).
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BarCamp Buffalo is February 2nd, 2013 at Medaille College with 5 classrooms for 5 tracks of talks going on all at once. 30 mins each. If you’ve ever been to Rochester’s BarCamp, this will be just like it.
8:00 am: Doors open! Breakfast and registration
9:00 am: Welcome and Intro’s
9:30 am: Talks begin!
5:00 pm: Wrap up and meetup for after party
When entering Medaille College’s main entrance, follow the signs with balloons on them. You’ll turn left when you enter, and it’ll circle you clockwise around the buildings to the back. Plenty of parking available, look for the balloons for the door entrance.