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  1. 1. Ba r c a mp i n g i n Ea s t e r n Eu r o p e ByCamp, Miensk (Belarus), June 7, 2008 By Oleksandr Demchenko
  2. 2. Ou t l i n e 1. Barcamps : WTF? 2. Overview of Barcamps in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 3. Regional Barcamping Features 4. Future Trends
  3. 3. 1. Ba r c a mp s : W ? TF
  4. 4. Or i g i n o f Ba r c a mp s  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. 5. W ? TF  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. 6. 2 . Ov e r v i e w o f Ba r c a mp s i n Ea s t e r n Eu r o p e a n d
  7. 7. Bl o g c a mp CI S a n d Ba l t i c s 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. 8. Ba r c a mp Ba l t i c s 2 0 0 8  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. 9. Mo s c o w' s 1 st Ed u c a t i o n a l ' S a mo s b o r '  Moscow, Russia, Feb. 24  'Samosbor' is a linguistic purist translation of barcamp  Intel's educational program
  10. 10. Ed u c a t i o n 2 . 0  Moscow, Russia, March 28  Google's educational conference  ½ of event pre-scheduled  ½ in barcamp format
  11. 11. ' Bl o g c a mp ' o n I n t e r n e t a n d Bu s i n e s s Co n f e r e n c e 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. 12. Co d e : Ca mp  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. 13. Br i d g e c a mp  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. 14. Ba r c a mp Ca u c a s u s  Tbilisi, Georgia, June 7-8  Georgia is a safe ground for Armenians and Azerbaijanis to meet  About 150 participants  Lack of local barcamp community
  15. 15. Me d i a b a r c a mp  Lithuania, June 6-8  Media activism in focus  Mostly for Belarusians  Hosted by Belarusian Greens  At Baltic seashore  Simultaneous with Barcamp Caucasus
  16. 16. i Ca mp  iCamp - near Moscow, Jul 30 — Aug 3  'Ethnomir' resort  About 450 participants  Devided into sections (blogcamp, startupcamp, educamp etc.)
  17. 17. An d mo r e . . .  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
  18. 18. Bl o g c a mp Ce n t r a l a n d Ea s t e r n Eu r o p e 2 0 0 8  Kyiv (Ukraine), Oct 10-12  Region shift: from CIS in 2007 to CEE in 2008  821 participants from 16 countries  101 presentations  Investor day – about 130 projects contesting  Best Ukrainian Blog Awards
  19. 19. Ed u c a mp  Kyiv (Ukraine), November 15-16  Not a barcamp!  Seminars in Universities on new media prior to Educamp (up to 600 participants)  Up to 400 students took part  Blogcamp community were presenters in 3 session tracks  Educamp in Donetsk on Dec. 18th
  20. 20. S o c i a l Ca mp  Kyiv, December 13  Some 100 participants  3 simultaneous session flows  Focus on new media for NGOs and activists
  21. 21. By Ca mp  Here you are!
  22. 22. Mi n i b a r s a n d mi n i c a mp s  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
  23. 23. 3 . Re g i o n a l Ba r c a mp i n g Fe a t ur e s
  24. 24. No n - g o v e r n me n t a l s u p p o r t  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
  25. 25. I n v e s t me n t e v e n t  Named Innovation Incubator on Baltic and Caucasus barcamps  Special activity on barcamps to get together investors and startupers  Both business and non-profit projects
  26. 26. W ki i s not t he onl y i opt i on  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
  27. 27. Mi s c e l l a n e o u s ( o u t d a t e d a bi t )  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
  28. 28. 4 . Tr e n d s
  29. 29. Co mme r c i a l i z i n g  OSI to end support?  Commercial sponsors are better acqainted with barcamp format  Organizers are more experienced  Barcamps are cool
  30. 30. Ge t t i n g l e s s e r i n s i z e , mo r e t o p i c - s p e c i f i c  More specialized barcamps  'Normalizing' in size
  31. 31. De - b a r c a mp i n g ?  Not barcamp elements: investment event, pecha-kucha etc.  More control of content: thematic sections on iCamp, voting for sessions  Some not-barcamp events but inspired by barcamps are called barcamps or ...camps.
  32. 32. Bo i l - o u t ?  Barcamps are loosing their `inspirational spirit  Searching for new efficient formats (e.g. discussions in groups as at ByCamp and and Barcamp Baltics 2009)
  33. 33. Blogcamp CEE 2008 Oleksandr Demchenko