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Barcamping in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Overview, Regional Features and Trends. Presented at Barcamp Caucasus, Tbilisi, Georgia on June 7, 2008

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  • 1. Barcamping in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    • Barcamp Caucasus, Tbilisi (Georgia), June 7, 2008
    • By Oleksandr Demchenko
  • 2. Outline
    • 1. Barcamps : WTF?
    • 2. Overview of Barcamps in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    • 3. Regional Barcamping Features
    • 4. Future Trends
  • 3. 1. Barcamps: WTF?
  • 4. Origin of Barcamps
    • O'Reilly's FooCamp and FooBar
    • Barcamp as an opensourced version of Foocamp
    • First barcamp: 2005, Silicon Valley
    • Several hundred barcamps in 3 years
  • 5. WTF?
    • Self-organized (user generated) (un)conference. Wiki is usually used to set up a barcamp
    • Brief sessions with no topical division to give an opportunity to everyone and to mix up the audience
    • Generaly on new media or ICT related topics, but not limiting to
    • Great spirit of creativity, information exchange ant extensive networking
  • 6. 2. Overview of Barcamps in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • 7. Blogcamp CIS and Baltics 2007
    • Kyiv, Ukraine (no visa for both EU and CIS citizens), Oct 13-14
    • OSI granted, also supported by TOL and Internews
    • 300 participants
    • 60 sessions within 2 days in 3 simultaneous flows
    • 700 blog posts covering the event
    • Promoting barcamp format as one of the aims
  • 8. Barcamp Baltics 2008
    • Riga, Latvia, Feb 8-10
    • Both commercial and non-commercial sponsors
    • Venue is city's best hotel
    • 450 participants from all post-USSR countries
    • Barcamp is only one day
    • Innovation incubator and pecha kucha next day
  • 9. Moscow's 1 st Educational 'Samosbor'
    • Moscow, Russia, Feb. 24
    • 'Samosbor' is a language purist translation of barcamp
    • Intel's educational program
  • 10. Education 2.0
    • Moscow, Russia, March 28
    • Google's educational conference
    • ½ of event pre-scheduled
    • ½ in barcamp format
  • 11. 'Blogcamp' on Internet and Business Conference 2008
    • Near Moscow, April 17-18
    • Leading Russian internet annual conference
    • Mis-using word 'blogcamp' instead of barcamp
    • Participants are free to propose their sessions on conference website
    • Online voting for proposed sessions: most voted items included in program of the conference
  • 12. Code:Camp
    • Lviv, Ukraine, April 19-20
    • Set up in frames of Decoded annual IT festival
    • Sessions given only by sponsors and Kyiv blogcamp community
    • Local community isn't informed enough about barcamp format
  • 13. Bridgecamp
    • Riga, Latvia, April 25-26
    • «Bridge» is for bridging ICT and NGO communities
    • One session flow educating NGO people about ICT
    • Another one educating ICT people about non-governmental activities
  • 14. Barcamp Caucasus
    • Here you are!
  • 15. Mediabarcamp
    • Lithuania, June 6-8
    • Media activism in focus
    • Mostly for Belarusians
    • Hosted by Belarusian Greens
    • On Baltic sea
    • Simultaneous with Barcamp Caucasus
    • Visit barcamp video-bridge session
  • 16. Future barcamps
    • iCamp - near Moscow, Jul 30 — Aug 3 (Unlike other barcamps topics are prescbibed to audiences)‏
    • Barcamp (Central) Asia - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Aug 29-31 (See Kristina's presentation)‏
    • Barcamp Azerbaidjan - Baku/Lenkoran, Aug 29-31
    • Barcamp Kazakhstan - Almaty, Sept 12-14
  • 17. Bridgecamp in Ukraine
    • Kyiv, presumably late september
    • Some 200 participants
    • 3 simultaneous session flows
    • Focus on new media for NGOs and activists
  • 18. Educamp
    • Kyiv (Ukraine), November
    • Seminars in Universities on new media before Educamp
    • 300-400 students interested in IT to participate
    • Blogcamp community to give presentations
  • 19. Blogcamp Central and Eastern Europe 2008
    • Kyiv (Ukraine), Oct 10-12
    • Region shift: from CIS in 2007 to CEE in 2008
    • Some 500 participants
    • To build a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe
  • 20. Minibars and minicamps
    • Minibars are thematic gatherings of Moscow iCamp community
    • Minicamps are Ukrainian (Kyiv) monthly meeting of this kind
    • In other countries word 'minibar' is sometimes used for barcamp presentation meeting
  • 21. 3. Regional Barcamping Features
  • 22. Non-governmental support
    • Open Society Institute is granting main barcamps
    • Supported by: Internews Ukraine, Internews Network, Transitions Online, European Journalism Centre, Swedish International Liberal Centre...
    • Travel grants for barcampers from other nations
  • 23. Investment event
    • Named Innovation Incubator on Baltic and Caucasus barcamps
    • Special activity on barcamps to get together investors and startupers
    • Both business and non-profit projects
  • 24. Wiki is not the only option
    • Wiki was used for Blogcamp CIS and Baltics and Samosbor
    • Wordpress used for Barcamp Baltics and Barcamp Caucasus. Registration for the event was realised with registration in wordpress
    • Special CMS will be used for iCamp and Blogcamp CEE
  • 25. Miscellaneous
    • Traincamps and aircamps — participants of one nation are travelling to barcamp to another country together
    • Barcamps of Eastern Europe are generally more 'organized' and attract more participant than a typical barcamp
    • 'How to organize your barcamp' is a typical end session
  • 26. 4. Future Trends
  • 27. Commercializing
    • OSI to end support?
    • Commercial sponsors are better acqainted with barcamp format
    • Organizers are more experienced
    • Barcamps are cool
  • 28. Getting lesser in size, more topic-specific
    • More specialized barcamps
    • 'Normalizing' in size
  • 29. De-barcamping?
    • Not barcamp elements: investment event, pecha-kucha etc.
    • More control of content: thematic sections on iCamp, voting for sessions
  • 30.
    • Blogcamp CEE 2008
    • Oleksandr Demchenko
    • http://demchenko.info