Looking back at BarCamp Portland 7

Back in March, BarCamp Portland 7 happened. It went really well—we came together, knowledge was shared, and connections were made. We realized that this wrap-up post was still sitting as a draft, sadly unpublished, and still wanted to share it with you.

Endless thanks to everyone who attended, participated, and made the event great.

Friday evening’s mini maker fair was extremely well-attended. Special thanks to Jeffrey (@JefferySens) and Will (@scartheatre) who organized this portion of BarCamp and to all those makers who came out to participate!

On Saturday, participants explored diverse topics ranging from Turning the Scandinavian Smorgasbord into a Vegan Feast and Other Cooking Experiments to Game Development using Lua (and why it’s awesome), from dancing to fluoride, car sharing to woodworking. Check out the full schedule grid and session notes to review what went down.

This BarCamp produced several lasting artifacts, one of the most beautiful being a crowdsourced font design, led by Alicia Nagel (@AliciaNagelCrtv).

Did you take photos at BarCamp? Tag them with “bcp7” and “barcampportland” and add them to our Flickr pool or send us a link. If you’ve blogged about your experience at this year’s event, send us a link and we’ll post it here.

Some numbers:

  • We had approximately 320 participants across Friday and Saturday.
  • Around 20 volunteers (not including planning committee) helped make the event happen.
  • We raised just under $6k, which means that we broke even on our budget. Over 10% of that came from individual contributors—way to go!
  • 37 “officially scheduled” sessions were presented, the hallway track was fabulous as always, and there were over a half dozen “mini maker sessions”.

Thanks so much to all of our sponsors whose gracious support enabled this event, and to our participants, who brought the content and passion!

Exciting news! BarCamp Portland 8 will be held March 28–30, 2014.

We need people to help plan next year’s event! We’ve just started in on the planning process and you can find out more by joining our planning list or checking out the volunteer page