Beaver BarCamp is an informal conference where everyone is encouraged to participate, and the sessions are not predetermined. It provides a collaborative environment that promotes the sharing of ideas and projects and is a fun, casual event filled with discussions, demos and interaction with attendees.
We welcome presentations of all kinds, and expertise is not required. Come prepared to share something you are passionate about, whether it’s your job, hobby or interests. And formal PowerPoint presentations are not necessary: lead a discussion, demo a project, play a game, or teach a skill. One of the best aspects of BarCamp is that attendees both provide the sessions and choose the schedule, allowing for greater flexibility and fun.
Presenting is not required. You are welcome to participate however you are most comfortable. Come and meet new people, learn something new, or participate in a discussion.
We will have a photographer at the event taking photos, make sure to tell them if you do not wish to have your photo taken and used in future barcamp materials.
Who should attend BarCamp?
- Everyone -- Beaver BarCamp is open to the community and is free of charge.
What should I bring?
- Nothing is required, but you may find it convenient to bring a laptop or mobile device (Wi-Fi is provided), notebook and pen, reusable water bottle, and a camera.
Are food and drinks provided?
- Yes, there will be continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.
Where do I park?
- Free parking is widely available on campus on Saturdays, with the exception of reserved and metered stalls. There is a large parking lot to the north of Kelly Engineering that should have enough room for everyone.
What will the session topics be?
- At Beaver BarCamp, the majority of sessions are not prearranged. Attendees at each BarCamp propose their own session ideas on the day of the event, and the schedules are updated throughout the day to make sure the most popular sessions get the largest rooms.
Does BarCamp have something to do with bars and alcohol?
- No, it doesn't. It’s actually a hacker reference to FooBar, which is typically used as a placeholder name when describing something in software code. BarCamp arose as an open to the public alternative to FooBar, which is an invitation-only conference.