Beaver BarCamp is tomorrow in Corvallis and you should go to it! Why?

  • Its completely free and open to EVERYONE
  • Free food and drinks!
  • You get a free T-Shirt (if you register)
  • Cool and interesting topics & ideas will be discussed!
  • Meet other cool people from the area

But what is a BarCamp exactly?

BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event. --
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This is the third incarnation of Beaver BarCamp in Corvallis and is bound to be the largest thus far. Many people I have talked to have a hard time understanding what happens at a barcamp, and if its only for technical people. In the past, our barcamp has been tech focused, but that's been primarily because the outreach for the event has been mostly directed at OSU EECS students. Barcamp's are designed so that the people who attend also are the presenters. The more people who attend, the more variety you'll have at the event. You don't need to have a full-fledge presentation prepared, just an idea, a room (which we'll provide), and people to talk to!

How do you give a session? Make sure you get to Kelly Engineering at 10AM, put your presentation and name on a sticky note, pick a room & time and stick the wall. We'll adjust rooms based on the popularity of the session to ensure there is enough room. We have all of the meeting and classrooms available in Kelly essentially, so we shouldn't have any problems finding a room! Food and drinks will be provided for free thanks to the sponsorship of the OSEL for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We'll also have a snack break in the afternoon!

Some fun non-technical examples you could see at a BarCamp:

  • How to kayake
  • How to brew beer
  • How to grow chickens in your backyard

Don't feel like giving a session yourself? That's OK! We won't pressure you at all. You can come and attend just one session to see what its like and don't need to spend all day there.

I plan on giving sessions about the following tomorrow:

  • What is Calagator and why Corvallis needs it
  • What's the next step for the Corvallis Social Tech scene?
  • Ignite Corvallis brainstorm / roundtable discussion

I hope to see you there tomorrow!


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