Gainesville BarCamp is an “unconference” – an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.
Sessions are given on a variety of topics, and the day is created collaboratively – built by you and the other attendees who have a topic, story, knowledge, or experience to share with the rest of the community.
| FAQs |
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There should be plenty of parking in The Hub’s parking lot next to the building.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Does BarCamp have something to do with bars or camping?
Nope, it doesn’t. The “BarCamp” name arose as an open to the public alternative to Foo Camp, which is an invitation-only conference. Under 21 are welcome, and please don’t bring your tents!
What will the session topics be?
The majority of sessions are not prearranged. Attendees 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. Although topics should lean heavily to a tech and creative audience, one of the most fun parts of BarCamps are the ‘kitchen sink’ talks like ‘How to roast your own coffee’ or ‘Lockpicking’.
How long are the talks?
The schedule allots 30 minutes for each session but you should leave some room for Q&A afterwards and travel time between sessions.
Do I have to give a talk?
Absolutely not! Many people come to BarCamp just to meet new people and listen to other folks give presentations, and that’s great! We encourage people to participate however they are most comfortable. That’s the beauty of the “un-conference.” You can pretty much do whatever you want.
What should I bring?
BarCamp attendees don’t need to bring anything more but themselves and a thirst for knowledge, but here are a few suggestions
- Notepad, pen/pencil for taking notes and collecting autographs
- Something to share with attendees (i.e. business cards)
- A friend!
What Should Presenters Bring?
Whatever you think is sufficient for your session. There will be projectors in all main rooms but no whiteboards. If you have a slideshow, bring your laptop and whatever VGA/HDMI/DVI cable you need.
How many presentation rooms will be available?
This is to be determined, but usually 3-4 at a time.
Will internet be provided?
Sorry, no internet will be provided so prepare any materials you need ahead of time.
Can I give a sales presentation?
No. To be respectful of our BarCamp attendees, sales presentations or all-out sales pitches are not allowed. Don’t even try it, folks.
What if people walk out during a talk?
If a talk or discussion in one room isn’t of interest to you, feel free to walk out and join another session. If you’re giving a talk, don’t worry if people do this.
Will food and drinks be provided?
Yes, food will be provided. Delicious food.