This year delegates will be given the opportunity to run their own BarCamp sessions.
A board will be provided at IWMW 2008 for people to post up ideas for slots, rooms will then be allocated. Screen projectors will be available in rooms for people to use. During the 45 minute allocated slot there will be time for up to 18 sessions and each session will be 20 minutes long. It may be possible to run a session that spans the entire 45 minute slot.
Some ideas for topics include:
If you have an idea for a BarCamp session you'd like to discuss please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Slots will be kept empty for the start of IWMW 2008 to ensure every one has an opportunity to participate.
Wikipedia defines BarCamp as an international network of user generated conferences, open, participatory workshop events, whose content is provided by participants. A BarCamp is typically one or two full days held at a weekend attended by people with an interest in technology. The day is split into a number of sessions typically of around 30 minutes each. Depending on the number of participants, size of venue, etc. there may be several sessions running simultaneously.
At the start of the day a board is put up and people scramble for a slot to do their talk. Often a whiteboard and post it notes is used to allocate rooms and timeslots. Once this has been done the sessions start. People turn up to whichever sessions they wish provided there is enough room. If there's not enough space then they go to another session. No one can pre-book a session (either as a presenter or participant) and there's an accepted rule (though no one checking up) that if it's your first time at a BarCamp, you present something. There is no fixed format for sessions, often they involve some kind of on screen presentation but they could be round table discussions or more practical.
"One of the best presentations I've seen was titled "stuff I know" and was
a guy drawing shapes, arrows and random words on a flip chart while telling us
what we should know..."
The following barcamps were organised: