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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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    • Barcamping in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
      • Barcamp Caucasus, Tbilisi (Georgia), June 7, 2008
      • By Oleksandr Demchenko
    • Outline
      • 1. Barcamps : WTF?
      • 2. Overview of Barcamps in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
      • 3. Regional Barcamping Features
      • 4. Future Trends
    • 1. Barcamps: WTF?
    • 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
    • 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
    • 2. Overview of Barcamps in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    • 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
    • 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
    • Moscow's 1 st Educational 'Samosbor'
      • Moscow, Russia, Feb. 24
      • 'Samosbor' is a language purist translation of barcamp
      • Intel's educational program
    • Education 2.0
      • Moscow, Russia, March 28
      • Google's educational conference
      • ½ of event pre-scheduled
      • ½ in barcamp format
    • '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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Barcamp Caucasus
      • Here you are!
    • 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
    • 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
    • Bridgecamp in Ukraine
      • Kyiv, presumably late september
      • Some 200 participants
      • 3 simultaneous session flows
      • Focus on new media for NGOs and activists
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 3. Regional Barcamping Features
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 4. Future Trends
    • Commercializing
      • OSI to end support?
      • Commercial sponsors are better acqainted with barcamp format
      • Organizers are more experienced
      • Barcamps are cool
    • Getting lesser in size, more topic-specific
      • More specialized barcamps
      • 'Normalizing' in size
    • De-barcamping?
      • Not barcamp elements: investment event, pecha-kucha etc.
      • More control of content: thematic sections on iCamp, voting for sessions
      • Blogcamp CEE 2008
      • Oleksandr Demchenko
      • http://demchenko.info