[GLLUG] BarCamp Grand Rapids 3

Casey DuBois casey at grlug.org
Mon Jul 14 12:30:13 EDT 2008

Subject: BarCamp Grand Rapids 3

BarCamp Grand Rapids, inspired by the Silicon Valley event that rocked
the emerging technology world with its audacity and success, will take
place on August 15-16 at Calvin College.

The original Palo Alto BarCamp was born out of frustration with the
stifling atmosphere of most conferences. In a bold move, the founders
decided to hold an "unconference" and let the attendees decide the
schedule and topics to be presented. The organizers provided only a
venue, a blank schedule board, and some overhead projectors: attendees
were responsible for creating all the content, giving all the
presentations, and having all the fun. The experiment was a resounding
success, and BarCamps in Toronto, Amsterdam, and New York City soon
followed. BarCamp Grand Rapids continues this proud tradition, for the
third year running.

Calvin College is generously donating classroom space, including a
space for a "campout" Friday night. Gordon Food Service, Subway, and
Biggby Coffee will be providing food for the event, and SageTech will
be hosting a get-together after the conference on Friday night
sessions.  Elevator Up has also pitched in to help keep to conference
free for all attendees.

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