BarCamp Vancouver 1.0

BarCamp VancouverFriday and Saturday occasioned the first BarCamp Vancouver. I was one of the organizers. I couldn’t be at the barbecue on Friday night, but by all accounts it was a success. There were no propane tank explosions, and no one plummeted off the roof of 1 Alexander St.

Saturday ran smoothly. Most of the credit goes to Raincity Studio’s Crystal Williams, who wrestled the conference into shape. As with all events I organize, I never attend as many sessions as I’d like. Most people seemed happy, though.

I was worried about whether WorkSpace could accomodate 120 geeks, but happily, that didn’t come up. We did a couple of head counts throughout the day, and got numbers between 90 and 95. We could have squeezed 120 in, but it might have been a tad uncomfortable.

As an organizer for these events, I’m always vaguely distracted. I feel like any conversation I have only receives 63% of my attention, which is kind of shite. Combine that with my small talk shortcomings, and I’m a lousy conversationalist at these events. Apologies to anybody I distractedly muttered at.

Thanks again to Bill at WorkSpace, who put his excellent space at our disposal. Thanks to all of the organizers and anybody else who donated a projector, picked up some garbage, folded up some chairs or otherwise made the day run more smoothly. Thanks to all the sponsors who made the event so affordable.

Here are a few other comments on the day:

  • Fellow organizer Kerry Anne: “There were so many presentations yesterday that there was something for everyone attending, and the vibe was low-key and welcoming.”
  • Dustin Sacks: “I met a bunch of interesting people in a pretty wide variety of fields, learned some funky new stuff, further grokked stuff I was already aware of, and had a general fun time.”
  • Ryan Cousineau: “Barcamp was awesome. Massive knowledge transfer. Half the workshops I attended were great, and I missed many more that I wanted to check out.”
  • Tod Maffin: “Had a great discussion with attendees of the Vancouver BarCamp this weekend!”
  • BBQ Man Boris Mann: “The Vancouver tech community is awesome. So awesome that we get fun friends from the US coming up to visit us. We should get together more often, but perhaps with a little less intensity, ’cause I’m exhausted.”
  • Roland Tanglao, fellow organizer and writer of inscrutable sentences: “Your own personal Drupal YouTube on S3 and EC2 will be available real soon now. Go LazyWeb!” I’m joking–I know what he means.

Bryan Zug did yeoman’s work recording great video and audio for a bunch of the sessions. Unfortunately, he caught mine, which belies how tired and slighly frazzled I was. I talked and we conversed about the ideas in this article.

Here, also, are 596 photos of the event, sorted by interestingness.

UPDATE: I almost forgot. Capulet was a sponsor, and we made a rather tongue-in-cheek promotional postcard for BarCamp.


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