BarCamp London 7 was 24-25 October 2009 at IBM, Southbank, London and it seems like the dust have not settled yet. BarCamp London 7 was my first unconference and my excitement beforehand turns out to be not for nothing. Also read Ben Fletcher’s more in depth experience about this unconference.
It was an early start (for a Saturday) to get to the premises. Registration started from 9:30am. After the opening talk at 11:00am there was an opportunity for everyone to book a session on the time table.
My Schedule for Saturday
- BarCamp Bootcamp – It was a nice way to get into the groove of things and to get to know some peeps.
- How Facebook broke the tube
- Information and real options
- CSS nuggets
- @font-face – new fonts for the web
- Side project with Lego
- Graphic design of LOST
- The Government to release more data
- Ranting: Everything that is wrong with the world
- Why to say no to clients
- Web scale identifiers, use and abuse
My Schedule for Sunday
- The perfect match
- 10 F*$%ing awesome bands
- Developers Happiness
- The thing called Social Media
- Lightning Talks – few peeps had 5 minutes to say something
- Clothing design as a constraint
- Combined session with Asian snacks and chatting about science and religion
Even though I made use of most of the time slots available to attend a session, it came to my attention that there was a lot of interesting topics I missed out on (I am still in the process of searching the web, hoping to find some).
The BarCamp was made possible by a great team: Cristiano Betta, Paul Brannigan, Mary Rose Cook, Tobias Kunisch, Robert Lee-Cann, Caz Mockett, Tom Morris, Kevin Prince, Melinda Seckington, Dan W and volunteers. Last but not least, great sponsors: IBM, Nestoria, TechSmith, The Team, Be Broadband, The Proactive Accountant,lastminutelabs, Nudge Social Media, Vodafone Group, Geekery.in, JISC, Nexus Globalnet, Starbucks VIA, PayPal, Guardian Open Platform, myMuesli, Nokia.
Everything was well thought through. I even received the Sunday newspaper to read with my breakfast and coffee. The only thing I can think of that could have been better: – I should have taken better notes of who was running the sessions, a website link etc.
Photos of attendees have been uploaded and can be viewed at the Flickr Group.