BarCampGR - Aug 21/22

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Dave Brondsema

Jul 30, 2015, 9:14:22 PM7/30/15
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Geeks, Makers, and programmers lend me your Inboxes! The *tenth* annual
BarCamp Grand Rapids will be on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August
22, 2015 at Calvin College’s DeVos Communications Center.

To register and attend for free, visit:

New to BarCampGR or want more information? Read on!

What is BarCampGR?
BarCamp is about meeting interesting people, talking about what you want
to talk about, and listening to what you're interested in. Subjects of
discussion have ranged from web programming and digital photography to
computer vision and turkey basting. (No, there wasn't a talk on having a
computer visually monitor your turkey, but if you've tried it, you're
welcome to report on your experiences!) You see, the talks are not set
beforehand, it's you, the attendees, who give BarCampGR direction and

What's the format?
Presentations are 25 minutes long, with five minutes in between. You're
welcome to sit in on a presentation or hang around in the lounge and
talk; it's all the same with us. If you run a presentation, we don't
care how you run it - so long as you don't get us in trouble! Give a
monologue, a Q&A or a round table; it's your topic, your presentation,
your audience. If people didn't want to spend 25 minutes on your topic,
they wouldn't be there.

Don't know what to talk about?
Certainly you have some relatively unique experiences. What do you do
for a hobby? What's something you managed to fix that you're proud of?
It doesn't matter if the height of your accomplishment is changing your
car's oil or if you've war-driven half of the Grand Rapids area; if
people are interested, they will show up at your talk. If they aren’t
interested, they will probably attend one of the other talks during that

But I'm not an expert!
Sure you are! If you know the first thing about a subject, you know more
than people who don't. And, yes, people who know more than you will
probably attend your presentation. Interact with them; you both have
something to learn from each other. Chances are, if you're both really
interested in a subject, you'll find yourselves looking for each other
in the lounge, later.

But perhaps you're...

That's fine. Come on in, take a look around and get a feel for things.
It's a two-day event; come by on Friday, sit in on the presentations
which interest you or hang around in the lounge and network with other
people. Perhaps you'll be inspired to talk about something later, or on
Saturday. You never really know.

If you'd like to be able to listen, but don't know if you'll have
anything to say, you can still...

Help Out
On the days of the event itself, we typically need greeters, people to
babysit the facility overnight (some folks stay overnight), people to
respond to technical issues such as "why won't the projector work with
my laptop" and "could someone turn down the lights so we could see the

We also have a subreddit again this year, r/BarCampGR. Use it to ask for
certain subjects to be covered. Use it to offer subjects that you can
talk about. During the event, use it to have almost-live discussions
about things with people who aren't immediately present. After the
event, use it to post supplemental materials and ask followup questions.
We have a lot of other ways you can keep up to date on BarCampGR news
and updates via the following social media outlets:

* Website:
* Twitter: @barcampgr
* Subreddit:
* Facebook:
* Google+:

Also, if you'd like to help us organize BarCampGR, then sign up for the
BarCampGR Organizers' Email Group and jump right into the conversation
at, or
join the Slack team via


You can read our code of conduct here:

DeVos Communications Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI


Friday, August 21, 2015
5:00-6:00 PM - Check-in and setup
6:00-7:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Kick things off with opening session
7:30-9:30 PM - Sessions every 1/2 hour
9:30 PM - After party

10:00 PM-whenever the next morning - Camping, all-night hacking, etc.

There will be plenty of room to crash on Friday night, so bring a
sleeping bag. Better yet, bring a tent for the geek base camp. You can
also reserve clean, close accommodations at Calvin College’s Prince
conference Center (

Saturday, August 22, 2015
9:00-10:00 AM - Continental Breakfast
10:00 AM-12:00 PM - Sessions every 1/2 hour
12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch
1:00-2:00 PM - 5 minute Lightning Talks
2:00-4:00 PM - Sessions every 1/2 hour
4:00-4:30 PM - Closing session
4:30-5:30 PM - Cleanup

* Note, despite the 'bar' in BarCampGR, the event doesn't take place in
a bar, only the (optional) Friday after-party does.

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