Tuesday Post | Ultimate geek crossing sees record participation

Tuesday Post | Ultimate geek crossing sees record participation

BarCamp Bangalore 5

17-18 November


It was that time in the calendar again—YABC (Yet Another BarCamp)! We had the fifth consecutive BarCamp in Bangalore (BCB5) aptly titled the “Winter Edition 2007". This ultimate geek and intellectual crossing happened on the weekend at the IIM-Bangalore campus.

BCB5 had more than 800 registrants in the last four days that were opened for registration—a record anywhere in the world. The last BarCamp attracted 600 participants. The concept of collectives—groups of attendees centred around common topics of interest—introduced in the last BarCamp continued in this one.

There were more than 35 threads of discussion, including social shopping, health care, e-governance, psychology of security, start-up talent management, entrepreneurship, Indie cinema and even how to design the next BarCamp event. There was also a quiz conducted for the “pick-brains" of BarCamp.

BarCamps provide an electrifying and spontaneous environment. People prepare for ever changing schedules and surprises. Tech companies such as Google, Sun, Nokia and Thoughworks sponsored the event, apart from IIM- Bangalore. Besides talk and food for thought, there was real food too. People chatted lazily over breakfast, lunch and snacks provided at the event. Groups had the choice of rooms or mattresses to sit and discuss, which gave a relaxed ambience to the event.

Participants were from all age groups and backgrounds—students, seniorcitizens, techies, airforce pilots. Even Pratibha, the stray dog on campus, was spotted with a BarCamp tag on its collar, nosing around in discussion groups. Talkabout getting everyone involved... Phew!

Srinivas Yelandur is part of the organizing team at BarCamp Bangalore and senior technology architect at Accenture Services.