When I first saw the word "BarCamp",
I could only think of a summer camp that has a bar for the parents to
get Martini’s after they drop off their kids. But in Silicon Valley and
many places across the world, BarCamp is quite a phenomenon of a
different sort. Wikipedia explains that BarCamp "is an international network of unconferences â open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants â focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies and social protocols."
Liz Henry, a local
mom blogger and part of the extraordinary team organizing the event,
sent us an email to make sure we know that is a great opportunity for
mom bloggers, she said "There will be lots of bloggers, videobloggers,
super hard core techie types, entrepeneurs, and all sorts of people."
Best of all, being a mom herself, she is trying to organize a
babysitting room. My fellow blogger Glennia from Silent "I" also emailed me about the event.
Coming from the technology field BK (before kids) and now being a
blogger, I find these "unconference" events a great opportunity to
learn what is going on, share ideas and meet interesting people. People
come to these events with an open mind so whether you are a techie
without kids or a mom interested in blogging/technology, there is
opportunities for all.
In Palo Alto the event will be August 18-19th, 2007, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM -at 655 High Street. As the BarCampBlock details page explained "It will be a multi-office party starting SocialText‘s offices… and maybe looping in nearby neighbors like Facebook, iMeem, IDEO, Edgeio and so on." For those not in Silicon Valley, there will be other BarCamps at locations around the country and world.
Cross Posted at the Silicon Valley Moms Blog.