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Thursday
Mar012007

BarCamp Madison 2007 + Followup

barcampmadison.gifThis Saturday, March 3rd, I'm heading one hour west to attend BarCamp Madison, in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. I had such a great time last fall at BarCamp Milwaukee 2006, going to this un-conference made sense.

What's BarCamp Madison?

BarCampMadison 2007 is an ad-hoc gathering of high-tech enthusiasts born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. Participants work together and try to create something exciting by being in close proximity to lots of smart people. Each person contributes in some way by leading discussions, demos, asking a question, or volunteering. Read about the first BarCamp in WIRED or news.com.com

You can read about my BarCamp Milwaukee 2006 experience to get a feel for what the event is like. It's a relaxed, friendly people-oriented environment, where techies, artists, hackers and plain ol' people hang out to share and discuss ideas.

Fellow members of Web414 (Milwaukee's Web Community) will be there, including über-hacker Pete Prodoehl. Of course half the fun of BarCamp is meeting and talking to new people. :-)

If you're attending BarCamp Madison, drop me a line and let's meet.

Followup Notes: March 9, 2007
Had a great time at BarCamp Madison, meeting several new friends and learning new things. I had lunch with Tim Bailen at a local Nepali restaurant (yum), hung out with Pete Prodoehl and Ashley Dryden, did a Flat World session with Kevin Ciesielski and met Matthew Pickard with whom I discussed print and web design.

Most inspiring was Sean Johnson's How Not to Burn Your Business to the Ground session, sharing his rules for good business. Even the drive there and back was good for some podcast listening, so it was all good.

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