BarCamp FAQ

Not familiar with BarCamps yet?


Guys, I know some good bars. And I once went out for a camping weekend. 
But what the heck is a BarCamp?

A BarCamp is sort of an unconference, a meet-up for people with the desire to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. There is no pre-scheduled programme. Only you, our common interests, experience, and all the things we are going to share and develop. And: an empty session grid, our schedule for the BarCamp. Interested in the history of BarCamps… read this:


Ok, fine. How’s does it work?

In the run up to the BarCamp, you think about what projects, ideas, and useful knowledge as wells as skills you have and want to share with other twinning cities geeks. In the beginning of every BarCamp day, participants will pitch their sessions, the audience will show their appreciation and the daily schedule, called session grid, will be filled. And off we go.
So, when you come, be prepared to share with barcampers.
When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.
Excuse me, what means “session”
Well, a session is a slot within in the schedule grid. A session might be a talk, a group discussion, a workshop-like gathering, a hands-on-experience, a maker-meeting, an exchange-round, a creative sprint or, at least, a presentation.


Are there any other rules I should know?

To make the most out of this open-space-format, we need a good framework. So, yes, there are some very, very important and worldwide common rules:

1st Rule: You do talk about BarCamp.
2nd Rule: You do blog about BarCamp.
3rd Rule: If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
4th Rule: Only three word intros.
5th Rule: As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
6th Rule: No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
7th Rule: Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
8th Rule: If this is your first time at BarCamp, you HAVE to present. (Ok, you don’t really HAVE to, but try to find someone to present with, or at least ask questions and be an interactive participant.) 


I still have questions regarding the format.

Ok, send a message to Björn via Email or to the TCL-Social Media channels.