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What is Barcamp?

The Agile Camp Berlin is facilitated as a Barcamp, also called un-conference. So what is a barcamp? Is there any drinking involved? Ok, let’s find out:

Barcamps became very popular the last years, organized by the community for the community. Usually people who share a common interest meet and work on topics. Meaning: Everybody can present a session, even is encouraged to do so. If there’s a topic you want to present, discuss, try out or you just want to ask the community for help: the pitching session in the morning of the barcamp gives you the opportunity to propose your topic.

All attendees are encouraged to propose a session, help with one, or otherwise contribute in some way to support the event.

After the initial pitching of sessions, all proposed sessions will be mapped to the spots and rooms. After that, the law of the two feed will apply. Law of the two feed means: if you decide that a session might be valuable for, you show this by attending it (or not). Sometimes there’s the situation that there are more proposed sessions than slots. In that case we make a quick voting, and the most popular sessions get a slot.

All sessions are open to everybody. Meet, engage, share, and be excellent to each other!

Somebody put together a little set of rules, but we might iterate on that:

  1. You do talk about BarCamp.
  2. You do blog about BarCamp.
  3. If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
  4. Only three word intros.
  5. As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
  6. No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
  7. Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
  8. If this is your first time at BarCamp, you HAVE to present. (Ok, you don’t really HAVE to, but try to find someone to present with, or at least ask questions and be an interactive participant.)

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So, coming back to our initial question for drinks involved: well, after the sessions we are looking into going to a bar after the session to socialize – we will keep you posted.