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BarCampCork

November 7th, 2008 · No Comments · Barcamps

I attended barcampcork at the weekend at the Webworks centre in Cork, Ireland, and it was an outstanding success. I’m not sure of the exact counts, but there number of attendees was easily approaching 100, if not surpassing it. People traveled from all over Ireland to attend to attend, which added, rather than detracted, to the community atmosphere. And, for me, it is the community atmosphere that is what barcamping is all about. You could feel the buzz and excitement of people who only knew of each other by internet legend actually meeting. The venue itself was beautiful, although it could have done with some rearrangement to allow for more session rooms and a separate breakout space. The pizza lunch was wonderful and warm (seriously, this is really important, there’s nothing like cold food to encourage people to leave and do there own thing).

The day was a little slow to start, with the bulk of the people not arriving until around 11am. Nevertheless there were more than enough people to successfully kick the camp of almost on time.

Personally I felt incredibly welcomed into the community, even though I was a clear outsider. Even my red hair can’t pass as Irish red hair! I abandoned my train trip to Dublin (where I flew out of) in favour of a lift with the guys from Contrast.ie and Claudgh who tried her hardest to get us surfing, unfortunately the surfing company didn’t play ball.

My talking “A Beginners Guide to Barcamping” went down a treat, especially with many first time campers attending. It even sparked off a movement to create an extra space in the venue so that additional talks could happen. This was mainly down to people not realising that talks don’t have to be about tech, and that session leaders needn’t be experts.

All in all, it was an excellent barcamp, and an excelent first trip to the Republic of Ireland, and I can’t wait until I find another excuse to visit.

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