What is a barcamp?
Barcamps are peer learning meetups featuring discussions on a range of topics - from technology to travel, from science fiction to life-hacks. Barcamps are held all over the world by local volunteers. There are no invited speakers and no pre-scheduled topics. The presentations and discussion for the day are decided by the participants at the venue. We often have sessions running in parallel in adjacent rooms. If the discussion in one room does not interest you, feel free to walk out and join the next room.
Barcamp Mekong, Can Tho City (Vietnam) Asia Pacific College, May 2010
Barcamp Hong Kong, Hong Kong Poly University. September 2010
We also have smaller but more focussed events such as EduCamp (Singapore, Vietnam, China) GeekCamp, MusicCamp, ReadCamp and GovCamp. Nobody really owns the "camp" name and any local community can run their own camp.
Who are the participants?
Attendees are usually technologists, media professionals, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students.
Barcamp KL, Inti College, Malaysia, May 2009
Akky Akimoto of Asiajin.com discussing Japanese Web at Tokyo Barcamp, May 2010
Chit, a young developer in Myanmar and Norbert, the connectivity pioneer of Cambodia at Barcamp Yangon, 2010.
Past Barcamp hosts in Singapore
Singapore's former City Hall building, Barcampsg6 venue
MDA, NUS and Singtel hosted us at their Blk71 incubation centre in 2011. The Singapore City Hall building was the venue (via the the upcoming National Arts Gallery) for the barcamp in October 2010. Singapore Poly was our host in March 2010. Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) hosted the barcamp in November 2009 and Ngee Ann Polytechnic was our host in March 2009.
Video highlights from the fourth barcamp in Singapore at Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) . This video will give you an idea of the happenings at a barcamp.
Singapore barcamps have no sponsors (other than the venue host). We run the event at zero budget. We crowdsource stationary, electrical supplies and wireless equipment. We urge participants to bring their own tumblers for water. There is no registration desk, no lanyards. We strive to make the event simple and consume as less resources as possible.