BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences primarily focused on technology and the web. They are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants.
BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees.
Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. There are no registration fees or any charges for a Barcamp as this is a user-generated conference.
Barcamp brings together representatives from top companies in mobile and web development, entrepreneurial and software industries, bloggers, programmers, academicians, and students.
The concept of an unconference is still relatively new in India. This space for peer-to-peer learning is completely participant-driven and has taken the shape of ad-hoc gatherings around the world to facilitate knowledge sharing. BloggerCon, FooCamp, and BarCamp are examples of an unconference where people volunteer, contribute and attend. It removes the need for a central authority and brings dynamism to the way an event is conducted.
The first BarCamp Kerala was conducted in November 2007 at Technopark, Trivandrum and I have come across the BarCamp a few years ago and I am a regular guy who takes some boring sessions every time. 😛
History of BarCamp Kerala #BarcampKerala
BCK 1 – Zenith Hall, Bhavani, Technopark, Trivandrum – 24th November 2007
BCK 2 – CUSAT, Thrikkakara Campus, Kochi – 3th February, 2008
BCK 3 – CUSAT, Thrikkakara Campus, Kochi – 7th December, 2008
BCK 4 – IIM-K, Kozhikode – 18th January, 2009
BCK 5 – Travancore Hall, Technopark, Trivandrum – 3rd May 2009
BCK 6 – Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology – 11th October, 2009
BCK 7 – Kristu Jyoti College of Management and Technology,Changanassery, Kottayam – 20th December, 2009
BCK 8 – MACFAST, Thiruvala – March 28th, 2010
BCK 9 – Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, Karunagapally – 14th November, 2010
BCK 10 – SCMS Business School, Kalamassery, Kochi – 15th May, 2011
BCK 11 – IIM-K, Kozhikode – 20th November, 2011
BCK 12 – Travancore Hall, Technopark, Trivandrum – 22nd April, 2012
BCK 13 – FISAT Engineering College, Angamaly, Kochi – 4th November, 2012
BCK 14 – Travancore Hall, Technopark, Trivandrum – June 30th, 2013
BCK 15 – Amrithapuri Campus, Vallikkavu, Kollam Dist. – 27th April, 2014
BCK 16 – Travancore Hall, Technopark, Trivandrum – 7th December, 2014
BCK 17 – SCMS School of Technology & Management, Kalamassery, Kochi – 12th July, 2015
BCK 18 – Technolodge Muvattupuzha, Mannoor, Ernakulam – 4th September, 2016
Few common FAQ about BarCamp
1) Is BarCamp about bars and alcohol?
No, it is not. BarCamp is the reference to FooBar which is used as a placeholder name in computer programming.
2) Who can attend BarCamp?
Anyone and everyone! BarCamp is open to the community, no matter their age, interests or background.
3) Do I have to pay any registration fee?
Zero ! There are no fees of any kind at all. Simply register for the event and come on in!