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BarCamp Philly | November 8, 2008 @ The University of the Arts | Philadelphia, PA

Logo and T-shirt design wanted for BarCamp Philly 2!


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Hey designers, nerds, fashionistas and friends, we’re looking to create another awesome BarCamp Philly T-shirt this year, but we want YOUR input.  If you’re interested in taking a stab at this year’s design, please pull together some of your best ideas by Monday August 24th!  Please email your submissions to barcampphillyATgmailDOTcom.

Things to consider:

  • We are looking for a logo that we can incorporate into our website and branding materials. You can start from the official BarCamp design files or go off in a completely different direction!
  • We will be including the names of our sponsors on the back of the T-shirt. Have an interesting idea on how to display their names?
  • How will your logo work as an avatar (for Twitter, etc)?
  • If you’re a T-shirt person but not a logo person, partner up with a friend!
  • MAKE IT PHILLY!

This year is a juried competition, but we will try to find a way to share all of the submissions with the community.  THANK YOU to everyone for spreading the word! We’re looking forward to the awesomeness that’s about to come our way and back out to all of you!

Remember, submissions are due by Monday August 24th and sent to barcampphillyATgmailDOTcom!

P.S. Until we lock down the new design direction, we’re hanging out in our 2008 space. Stay tuned for a fully updated 2009 BarCamp Philly 2 website by the end of the summer!

BarCamp Philly is BACK! Saturday November 14th @ UArts!


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Get ready, BarCamp Philly 2 is happening again on Saturday November 14, 2009 at The University of the Arts! Please stay tuned for tons more information and ways to get involved.

For now, please plug back in through any or all of the choices below!

BarCamp Philly on Facebook

BarCamp Philly Google Group

@barcampphilly on Twitter

BarCamp NewsInnovation Philadelphia!


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There’s a new BarCamp in town, BarCamp NewsInnovation Philadelphia!

Organized by Sean Blanda, Jared Silfies and Brian James Kirk, BarCamp NewsInnovation will take place on Saturday April 25th at Temple University’s School of Journalism. It’s a ways off, but please register today so you can help these guys plan!

There are lots of ways to stay in the loop on BarCamp NewsInnovation:

Be sure to check out Sean’s latest blog post about setting the date for BarCamp NewsInnovation:
The news industry needs its own kite moment. It’s time to throw conventional wisdom to the wind and try something different. That’s why in the very city that Franklin conducted his kite experiment, the industry’s forward thinkers will have a meeting of the minds.

Looking forward to this event, hope you are too!

Wordle up!


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Wordles at BarCamp Philly

Here at BarCamp Philly headquarters we love a good surprise! Inspired by wordle.net, we decided to provide an alternate shirt the day of the event. Wordle is a great little web app for generating word clouds. You can submit a url, a paragraph of text, or any random assortment of words. If you take a close look at the shirt, you’ll see that the same words are used in the background pattern of this website. This assortment of words was collected by the BarCamp community in our google group! Many thanks to Kelani for taking the time to lay out the design. Also, thanks to our friend Arpit Mathur from CIM for animating the wordle for our interactive display in the 13th floor lobby.

What does your wordle look like?

The Final Schedule from Nov 8th


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The schedule is also backed up on our wiki.

10:00 AM

  • Setup a Solid Web Dev on your Laptop in room: 704
    by Dave Konopka
  • Building & Running www.comcast.net - 40million pageviews/day, CDN, Vendors, Java, AJAX, Python, Ruby, etc. in room: 706
    by Aaron
  • Engaging Detractors - Conversation Agent in room: 831
    by Valeria Maltoni
  • Connection Not Collection - Community Organizing Using Social Media in room: 833
    by @harveymilk - Chris Bartlett
  • Marketing to a Technical Audience - Your most important marketing tool in room: 1221
  • Lions Tigers Higher Ed - Web 2.0 in the higher ed community in room: 1215
    by Maumi
  • Understanding Differences in Your Consumer/Audience in room: 1219
    by Angel Gibson
  • Phila Computer Community - PANMA and PACS in room: 1321
    by Reed Guston - Delta Angel Design
  • Mentoring 101 - Team Leadership in room: 1329

Read More »

Carl Leiby, Master of the Digital Schedule


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Carl Leiby
Big thanks to Carl Leiby, aka @carlism, for creating and maintaining the digital schedule during BarCamp Philly! Since our event was held on 4 floors, having quick and easy access to the schedule was crucial. Carl did a great job building the app and keeping it fresh all day long. Dan Kelly, @dkelley17, ran back and forth with all the latest session cards, which there were many. Great job, guys!

Check it out:
http://s.barcampphilly.org/
http://s.barcampphilly.org/iphone

So how did we do?


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BarCamp Philly
We’ve been getting tons of great feedback about the event which is absolutely amazing! YOUR attendance and participation is what made it great.

If you can spare a minute, please share in the comments your thoughts on what worked and what didn’t work, what sessions you got a lot out of, some of your favorite moments, what you’d like to see in a future BarCamp!

BarCamp Philly ROCKED!!!


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BarCamp Philly turned out to be so much greater than we thought possible! THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who helped make it happen, that includes all volunteers, sponsors and attendees (and especially UArts for donating the space!) Your participation in yesterday’s event is what made it EPIC!

STAY CONNECTED
BarCamp Philly on Flickr!
Check out the BarCamp Philly photo pool on Flickr! Please tag your photos with barcampphilly2008 and join the group!

BarCamp Philly Wiki
Is your contact information updated?
Do you have any links or files you want to share with everyone?

RECAPS FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

BarCamp Philly Huge Success - Philly Future

BarCamp Philly Was Terrific - Karl Martino / @kmartino

Top 10 Reasons Why a BarCamp is Better than Your Company Meeting - Valeria Maltoni / @conversationage

I Follow You - Alex Hillman / @alexknowshtml

BarCampPhilly - an amazing vibe - Mark Scrimshire / @ekivemark

BarCamp Philly blew my mind - Dave Konopka / @lifelikeweeds

BarCamp Philly 2008 Recap - Phillyist / @dior74

Bar Camp Philly after party videos - Melissa Thiessen / @melitami

The Rockband Party at BarCampPhilly! - Walt Ribeiro / @waltribeiro

BarCampPhilly 2008: What a blast ! - Arpit Mathur / @arpit

This Is A Post 4 Living In A Fulltime Era - Maria T Sciarrino / @theoreticalgirl

CIM @ BarCampPhilly 2008 - CIM

Barcamp Philly 2008 - Erin Murphy

BarCampPhilly was a success!! - Aaron Held / @iamaaronheld

Build a Better BarCamp - What Was BarCamp Philly - Owen Winkler / @ringmaster

Barcamp philly - the labs @ laan

Barcamp Philly 2008 - Rachel Sooy / @interjection

(…and hopefully yours!)

Read all the recaps here >>

THANK YOU AGAIN EVERYONE! Let’s stay inspired and stay connected!

BarCamp Philly… going on NOW!


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..and trending high on Twitter!

Jesse Middleton, Technophile


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Who are you and what do you do?
Oh hai, I’m Jesse Middleton and I’m a technophile and consultant. I work with a number of companies in the Philadelphia area and abroad helping awesome companies to build their technology so it can be
brought to the masses. It’s important to me to bridge the gap between technology and the real world to aid businesses and individuals in better utilizing the tools that could enhance their lives.

Why are you attending BarCamp Philly?
Being part of the coworking community here in Philadelphia has been a blast. It has led me to many ridiculous events and has introduced me to some of the most amazing people. I hope to accomplish two things at BarCamp Philly — 1) Meet even more interesting and creative people and, 2) Share some of my knowledge and experience with those people that are willing to listen.

If you were to lead a session, what would it be about?
My discussions could go one of two ways. I would either lead a discussion on developing for the Android and other new-age smart phone platforms or it would be on the importance of privacy and security in this public information age.

Tell us one random fact about yourself.
When I started at Drexel University, my plan was to graduate with a business degree. That took a turn for the better when I was offered a job in network security and spent the next couple of years visiting Mexico, the UK, Poland, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Wales. After visiting all of those places, I still speak only one language, English.

Where can we find you?
My blog when I rant about anything and everything - http://srcasm.com
My Twitter feed where I do most of the same in smaller chunks -
http://twitter.com/srcasm

How does Barcamp scheduling work?


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Scheduling sessions for a Barcamp is a unique and fun experience. For Barcamp Philly we’re going to adhere to the traditional process of self-organization on the morning of the event. Here’s the deets of how the morning will look:

  • From 8:00 - 9:45am The schedule board will be available on the 8th floor. This is when folks should plan to fill in their sessions and choose where and when they would like to host them. This is also a time for networking and getting to know your fellow barcampers! Scheduling is first come first serve to be sure to get there early and get a spot!!! Feel free to collaborate with other barcampers at the schedule board and work together to keep session topics from overlapping. We have a limited number of rooms so be sure and plan accordingly. Check out what sessions have been suggested here!

  • At 9:45 we’ll gather in the auditorium, room 806 for a quick Barcamp welcome!
  • After the first session starts at 10:00 the schedule will remain on the 8th floor for the rest of the day. Feel free to add more sessions if you come up with any!

Alex Hillman, The Heart & Soul of Philly Coworking Awesomeness


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Who are you and what do you do?
Hey, I’m Alex Hillman, and I love Philadelphia, coworking, social technology, traveling, and throwing parties.

Why are you attending BarCamp Philly?
I’ve been planning on attending BarCamp Philly since it was a glimmer in JP and Roz’s eye. We’ve been coworking for a year and a half, we’ve had 2 Ignites, countless Juntos. It’s time for a Barcamp to feel what it’s like to be rocked by Philly.

If you were to lead a session, what would it be about?
It wouldn’t be about coworking, that’s for sure.

Tell us one random fact about yourself.
Before being involved in computers, I wanted to be a professional magician.

Where can we find you?
http://www.dangerouslyawesome.com
http://twitter.com/alexknowshtml

Aaron Held, Director of Engineering


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Who are you and what do you do?
Hi all, I am Aaron Held and I work as a Director of Engineering for Comcast Interactive Media (CIM). What I do is write emails so my team can write code…. Sarcasm aside I’ve found a group of highly talented individuals here and look forward to coming to work every day to help them.

Why are you attending BarCamp Philly?
I’m attending because I grew jealous seeing the passion and excitement about this within my team. People like Arpit, Livia, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Matt Schaffer and Maurice Gaston have been dominating the espresso room with chatter about this for weeks. The other day they were talking and I was wearing a shirt from the last open source initiative I was involved in, and I realized that shirt was pretty old. I’m hoping that this event will rekindle my personal excitement about participating in the community and getting projects out for the fun of it.

If you were to lead a session, what would it be about?
I’d be happy to talk about the complexities of managing a site as large as http://www.comcast.net. (40MM page views/day lots of partner connections, multiple CDNs, datacenters, video platform etc…) We recently migrated our entire portal into a new data center with an entirely new codebase and that was an interesting adventure. I’m also a proponent of mentoring and think that would be an interesting topic for this crowd. It is a challenge to balance innovation against the need for stability without crushing the joys of our industry.

Tell us one random fact about yourself.
I’ve hacked rabbits with assembly code.

Where can we find you?
http://www.aaronheld.com
Twitter and AIM: @IamAaronHeld
http://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronheld
I’m usually at 1701 JFK, a trinity in BellaVista, Holland PA or travelling between them

Roman Zubarev, Mobile Marketing


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Who are you and what do you do?
Roman Zubarev: The name is Roman and Mobile Marketing is the game. Most of my time is focused on getting the word out about a Philly startup called Everywhereigo. Recently launched, we help organizations strengthen relationships with customers and group members that are on the go. Think of it as Constant Contact (email marketing) but for mobile phones via text messaging. We also develop websites, which render well across all mobile platforms, including iPhones, Blackberries, G1s and flip phones. In other news, I’m currently a senior at Drexel University, studying MIS and marketing. In my free time I like to study social media, support startups, and absorb as much knowledge as I can from people brighter than me. Oh, and I love Philly sports.

Why are you attending BarCamp Philly?
This is my first event of this nature and I’m attending expecting to meet motivated, like-minded individuals with a lot of knowledge and expertise to offer. I also hope to contribute some of my own thoughts to great conversations. Usually, you walk into an event expecting to learn at least one new thing. With BarCamp Philly, you may walk away with fifty.

If you were to lead a session, what would it be about?
I would lead a session about mobile marketing and describe how it’s an inexpensive way to engage and re-engage your customers while pushing each marketing dollar further.

Tell us one random fact about yourself.
I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and have lived in Prague, Czech Republic and Riga, Latvia before settling down in Philadelphia.

Where can we find you?
www.romanzubarev.com
Twitter: @romez

Michael McLaughlin, Archeologist turned Developer


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Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Michael McLaughlin. I’m a Paleolithic archaeologist by training, an education IT support professional at Penn by vocation, and a full-stack Web 2.0 developer by interest. I used to dig up Neandertals, but now I solve problems and design websites in my spare time.

Why are you attending BarCamp Philly?
To meet other like-minded people, network ideas, and develop connections.

If you were to lead a session, what would it be about?
Probably something highlighting the importance of having, managing, and using data, but only in context of solving real human problems.

Tell us one random fact about yourself.
I race bicycles for the oldest cycling team in the city, the Quaker City Wheelmen (originally founded in 1889). I also live about three blocks from UArts, so the location just could not be better for me.

Where can we find you?
http://www.twitter.com/michaelmc at the moment. Or at home, but if you “accidentally” find out where that is and show up, it may be a little awkward.