Hi Guys, Thanks for coming to my talk. I'll be talking about my favourite subject: myself. Or rather, these events that I went to. I'm sorry if this presentation seems a little hastily put together, it's because it is. So anyway, so why should you care about unconferences?
If you're here to learn about unconferences from the 'BUSINESS ANGLE' then there are really two areas to it. Sponsorship, and Recruitment. Sponsorship is very important to these events, they take money to be put on, and free stuff attracts more people. A lot of companies just donate prizes. The organisers also need space to put it on. Space is very important as you'll see later. These places are also good for recruitment, if you have a stall at these events you can make people aware of your company. But you don't want to be seen as too business-y, or pushy. Free stuff goes a long way. If you're just interested in hearing about these events, and what goes on in the social world of geeks that is basically what the rest of this presentation is about.
I just wanted to quickly show you what kind of sponsors these guys get.
So I think it's important to distinguish the two events, but they have a lot of similarities. First they are both unconferences. This means that they are like a conference, but not a commercial venture, it's a community event, put on by the community for the community. They also may or may not be a Barcamp. They often have crowed sourced elements to them, which hooks in to the social media organised. OggCamp for example had a wiki for people to put down ideas, and share resources such as camera equipment and rooms. Hackcamp was almost entirely organised over social media. The original event Barcamp 8 had to be cancelled and Hackcamp sprang up as a smaller alternative on Twitter.
So going chronologically, I'm going to talk about OggCamp first. Oggcamp is derived from Barcamp and Ogg, a patent free audio format. If you've been following the recent developments from Google, I guess it should be called WebMCamp now. It was organised by the Linux Outlaws and Ubuntu UK podcast guys originally as a second day to the never again Lug Radio Live event last October. This years OggCamp entirely took over the task. So this was the first whole weekend event and actually included the Friday before for the Rathole Radio event, a Creative Commons music podcast run by the Linux Outlaws presenter, Dan.
These are some of my favourite talks from the weekend. You should soon be able to see the videos online. Simon who some of you might have read about, or just read, gave a slightly scare-mongering talk on the potential concerns he has and we should share on project slip and how this can lead to invasion of peoples rights to privacy. My personal favourite was by Popey on Mumbuntu, a project to get his Mum a PC and in the mean time to use Linux/Ubuntu. The rest I didn't see, but I'm told were excellent. The thing with OggCamp is that it's not entirely about the talks. It's also about socialising and networking. The people here are people I talk to and some of them, work with, every day. It's nice to meet them in person and find out what they're really like. You find out more about them in 2 days in person than you do in a year online. Jon made the scheduling software for the event, and any unconference. You should also 'soon' (although I've been saying soon for a while) see a some of the talks from the event at that link I've hastidly pasted there.
So this is just to show what was produced at the end of the event, there is more there. I won't show you it all, but it just demonstrates what a bunch of guys can put together if they are passionate about something.
So I wanted to talk a little bit about trends. This is probably much more interesting in the Hackcamp section since Oggcamp is already pretty specialised, but pretty much everyone was doing something with Python, and alcohol, and music.
Who's that idiot there? I do actually have a halo of Google around my gerning face there, I doubt it comes out on the projector though. So.... BTW, that guy behind me holding an invisible crystal ball works for Twitter. So, Hackcamp. This event happened because Barcamp 8 was cancelled, and in two weeks the organisers got in touch with Google and put on Hackcamp in Google's London offices, or rather, their canteen. Hackcamp is totally different to most unconferences in that it doesn't have much in the way of talks. There was a 2hr talk at the beginning from various companies showing off their APIs we could use. Most of them were about Flickr/Facebook for Music, and then a 1minute pitch at the end for the work you did over the weekend (if any).
I just wanted to show you what was produced over the weekend. I'll demo some soon if I have time, and if they're still working. You can follow the link at the bottom when you get your hands on this presentation to go to that page.
So this is the more interesting of the two trends slides. Because this is a more widely focused geek event you can tell more fairly what is popular. Pretty much everyone did something either with HTML5, Twitter, or Android. Another interesting statistic to come out of it was at the beginning they did a quick poll of how many people were using each operating system. Macs were the clear winner by about 3:1, but the remaining proportion were split between Windows and Linux. Quite a lot of people I saw though were running Windows on a Mac.
So if we have time, and if they work I'll quickly demo these apps that were made.
So to finish off I have a quick montage here of the two weekends. On the left, the ones which are generally more dark, are the OggCamp ones, you can see the OggCamp mascot plushy made by Beccy Newborough, of Crunchbang fame on the top left. On the right, in Google's very white canteen is Hackcamp. And on the right is the Hackcamp photos. The sandwich was sub-prize for the best sandwich hack. Some also rearranged the lego in Google's canteen to say HackCamp rather than Google too. All these photos are from Flickr by searching their respective names. Ok, thank you. Are there any questions? I'm looking for a new project for this September by the way.
Oggcamp and Hackcamp
and by Matt Copperwaite This presentation is CC-BY except for the works contained therein which retain their respective license. Feel free to ask me questions as we go.
BUSI N E S S <ul><ul><li>Sponsorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruitment </li></ul></ul>
Similarities <ul><ul><li>Unconference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Barcamp </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crowed sourced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Media Organised </li></ul></ul>
OggCamp <ul><ul><li>30th April - 3rd May (includes Rathole Radio Gig) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BarCamp Style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 Rooms, 30minutes a talk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux Outlaws and Ubuntu UK Podcast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second event </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/m0dlx/
OggCamp Talks Include: <ul><ul><li>Simon Phipps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Former Sun Microsystems Open Source Evangelist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Opening Keynote </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alan Pope (Popey) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mumbuntu </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Brad Pearce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open software in Neuroscience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> FreakyClown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital photo forensics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Neil Wallace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open Molar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jon The Nice Guy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> CampFire Manager </li></ul></ul></ul>http://www.talkoss.com/
Hackcamp <ul><ul><li>Google's Offices London </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setup in 2 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2hours talks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The rest you do what you want </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aim to make something </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/martin_88/