Barcamps in Eastern Europe and Central Asia


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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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Barcamps in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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