Please Join Us At BarCamp Portland 5!

There will be an opening social Friday evening, May 20 from 6:30 to 9pm, and sessions all day Saturday, May 21 — scheduling starts at 9am, the sessions will run from 10am until 9pm.

Please RSVP now if you haven’t already. We really need to get a general idea of how many people will be attending, so we can plan accordingly.

Want to know more? Read on!

If you haven’t been to BarCamp in Portland before, here’s the skinny:  BarCamp is an unconference. The location is set up ahead of time; participants gather in the morning and schedule sessions. Active participation is encouraged throughout — sessions are discussions rather than lectures.  Powerpoint slides and scripted presentations are discouraged. Come ready to find out more about your favorite topic, and share your knowledge with other geeks.

Unlike many technical conferences, BarCamp isn’t focused on a specific topic. Instead, people in the technical community come together and talk about whatever interests them. Even though the schedule isn’t set ahead of time, some popular activities tend to appear at every Portland BarCamp:

  • Werewolf games
  • Technology and bicycles
  • Social networking (virtual and physical!)
  • Novel applications of new technology
  • Low-level and high-level programming
  • Textiles
  • Meeting new people and planning new *camps

We have many great tips for getting the most out of BarCamp Portland 5.

Know all about BarCamp Portland? Here’s what’s new this year:

This year we’re part of Barcamp Tour (background), which will provide some take-home souvenirs for participants, plus we’ll be giving away books from O’Reilly. So, don’t forget to bring something with you to take home goodies in!

How is this all possible?

Mostly due to people like you — your employers sponsor us; you create the sessions and the discussion that makes our community vibrant and keeps it growing; and you help us run these entirely volunteer-staffed events. (It’s not too late to help out! On-site volunteers are still needed.)

Thanks especially to our already-committed sponsors:

Sponsorships (Corporate and Individual) are still available — help us feed an army of hungry geeks! Email to learn more.

Thanks for participating in BarCamp Portland. We’ll be posting more great information at in the days leading up to the event, so make sure to check that out.

See you at BarCamp!

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