Friday, October 18, 2013

BarCamp Charlotte's back, back again!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

  • Desiree Kane

BarCamp Charlotte has seen a lot of growth over the last four years. It started as a bunch of nerds in a room, tired of the traditional conference model's stodginess, and has since grown to one of Charlotte's most valued conferences. From a courthouse in Fort Mill to Area 15 and now onto CPCC's campus, where THE Geek Fest  happens every year, this event is getting bigger and better every time. Oct. 26's event will be no exception.
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Here's a video from 2010 at BarCamp Charlotte 3 that will get you up to speed.

The bar in BarCamp stems from the term foobar/fubar; for the unaware, FUBAR is an acronym for "fucked up beyond all recognition." Why? Well, where a traditional conference would have set speakers that attendees have no choice in choosing nor have a chance to be a speaker at the drop of a hat, all attendees at BarCamp Charlotte have these luxuries if they want them.

The approach to this event is refreshing: People come together to give pitches for the talks they want to share in the morning and afternoon, and their peers vote for the talks they actually want to hear. Everyone actually gets the unconference line-up they want. It's an amazing event to network with a ton of out-of-the-box thinkers as well.

Here's a smattering of what some of the past most popular talks have been:
How to ruin your personal brand in 15 minutes or less - Torgny B.
Hackerspace (Loved it) - Yvette B.
Animal balloons and LOLcats - James W.
Skookum Digital Works - Richard B.
Mobile Framework - Jeremy S.
Google Analytics - Kristie H.
Learn to write Non-Fiction - Willie J.
Picking Locks - Brianna S.
Mobile Framework - Farhad J.
Power Kids - Mahte R.
Using Social media in a political grassroots campaign - Nichelle J.
Puppets! - Kevin H.
How to Make tech education suck less - Eric O.
Build an Ecobox - Mark L.

Source: BarCamp Charlotte's Website
Get on out to this super fun tech event at CPCC on Oct. 26!

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