We had 5 rooms and at one point 6 rooms with sessions all going at the same time. There were sessions from everything from MySQL Optimization to Juggling to Web Education.
I just want to thank all of you the sponsored, attended, and helped organized. You guys ROCK!! It was you guys that made this event possible. There were so many people who gave in order for this event to happen.
All of this really shows how together we are in our goal of making the DC area one of the most kick ass technology and entrepreneurial centers on the East coast if not the country as a whole.
I’m SO proud of the Washington DC tech/social media/web community. We’ve been working on BarCampDC2 for the last few months… specifically raising the money so that everyone can do all the cool stuff we want to do.
The community has come together in an amazing way. We’ve pulled toether 30 different sponsors from the Greater Washington DC area/regioin together for the event. That rocks! Go guys!
The vast array of support just shows how far we’ve come and how as a whole we really want to see eachother succeed.
If you’re interested in who the AWESOME folks are that are sponsoring, check out our BarCamp wiki page.
Whoa… so we opened up registration for BarCampDC2 at 8pm on Monday. It’s now sold out… two and a half days later. There are no more tickets left. I wish we had more space to hold more people but unfortunately we don’t.
We’re going to be opening up a waiting list tonight. If you want to go and werern’t able to get a spot, just register for the waiting list and we’ll let you know if space opens up.
We’re still looking for sponsors. E-mail me if you’re interested – firstname.lastname@example.org
I think I speak for everyone when I say that BarCamp DC was an absolute blast. After the event, a few of us started chatting about what we could have next to bring the community together.
Today, I’m pleased to announce WidgetDevCamp DC. It’s another unconfrence, similar to BarCamp, but based off of the DevCamp model. There will be opportunity for learning and sharing about widget development, a time for widget designing and hacking, as well as sharing your demos with the group.
The event is currently in the development stages. When more solid details become available, they’ll be announced here.
Right now we’re looking for a venue and sponsors. If you’d be interested in either, please get in touch with me.
One thing that I took away from BarCamp DC was that there is a really awesome tech community in the Washington DC area. It may be spread across a number of groups. It may be in multiple states. Regardless, there is an awesome technology community that exists.
The question I and a number of others had was how can we bring this community together. We need one place online where the community can go to chat with one another and keep up with what’s going on. It’d aggregate a lot of information from other sites. My esteemed DC colleagues agreed.
I’m very happy to announce the launch of the DC Technology Network. It is a social networking site powered by Ning. While the site is very primitive (or beta) and still evolving, I think it’s a fun and interesting way for us to all stay in touch and maintain that awesome feeling that existed at BarCamp DC.
So… if you live in the Washington DC metro area (or formerly lived in the area) and want to stay in touch with your fellow local geeks, PLEASE SIGN UP for the DC Technology Network.
Have you signed up? What do you think? How can we make this more useful?
One of the sessions at BarCamp DC that I heard a lot of buzz about after words was Joe Price‘s discussion of the Future of Television. I’m bummed I missed it but I was facilitating one of the other rooms.
Joe and I talked after and we thought it’d be cool to get an online thread going about what kind of online television shows people are watching.
BarCamp DC was such a blast. There was an incredible energy in the room that I hadn’t felt in a while. It was great to see people getting excited about what the Washington DC technology community had to offer.
But now that BarCamp DC is over (until the next one), the question is how can you keep the energy going.
There are some great meet ups and groups that I love that you should check out:
Refresh DC – It is a gathering of Web development and design professionals who want to learn more about their craft. Every month there is a speaker who shares their knowledge about a topic. There is a great time of community and hanging out after words at a bar. Sometimes there is even free food. It is organized by one of the BarCamp DC lead organizers Jason Garber.
Social Media Club – It is a gathering of technologists, marketers, and online strategists who enjoy discussing all things Social Media. It meets every month and is a source of great community.
Wash. DC Web Standards Meetup – This is more of an informal group of folks who have an interest in Web standards. The attendees range from people who read W3C specs for fun to novices who are eager to learn more. It is a great opportunity to pass on Web Standards knowledge and get in discussions about the future of standards.
What groups do you attend? How do you suggest we keep the energy and excitement going from BarCamp DC? Do you have any suggestions for new events that we can have? I’m already thinking about FacebookDevCamp and WidgetDevCamp.
Update: Oh oh oh… I forgot to mention that Startup Weekend DC is coming up. This is will be a great follow up some of you who were at BarCamp DC.
“Not since the heyday of Netpreneur have there been so many people in one DC room so excited about what’s happening online. This was evidenced by the high level of conversation, the community-willingness to share, and the pure geekery of the attendees (everywhere I turned were MacBooks, iPhones, live bloggers, and people uploading photos to Flickr).”
“There were so many interested attendees that many had to be turned away at the door. Wow! I guess the DC tech community has been secretly yearning for a BarCamp to pop up in the area… I had a blast at BarCamp DC and can’t wait until they hold another one (I think I heard the next one would be in January), hopefully in a bigger space. I already know what my next topic will be.”
“This weekend at the downtown offices of Fleishman Hillard, 100 or so geeks gathered for BarCamp to talk about matters technological. I know what you’re thinking already, “Geeks, inside on a weekend? Shocking!” But it’s more than that. So many things are happening on the web these days, the advent of the true mobile web, the adoption of portable identities, people creating content and sharing, and a lot of that is happening here in our backyard as well as out on the west coast.”
“Attended my first (as well as DC’s first) BarCamp. It was an awesome experience. Not only did I learn a lot, but I met a great crowd of people. It was fascinating to discover a small but thriving community of similar web-heads…”
“This weekend, Jesse and I attended the [first?] BarCamp held in DC. Met some super cool people, learned some very useful things (namely, at the: Google Analytics session, the widget session a la Clearspring and the Grids/systems session)… “