Monday, January 16, 2006

BarCampNYC postmortem

BarCampNYC

BarCampNYC has come and gone - check out my quick video of BarCampNYC Saturday.

Here are some candid, brief thoughts that I typed on the ride home.

What WORKED

What to think about for next year

I forgot one more thing that WORKED - friends! I met lots of great people, too many to count, and got to know other people a little more. Thanks for being smart and helping pull this off. It says a lot that our host office didn't have anything stolen, and no attendee laptops or projectors went missing.

Oh, and the shirts. I love mine.

Update 1 - Download the BarCampNYC badges template. We printed these on Avery labels, ten per page, available at any office supply store.

Update 2 - Read Amit's summary of BarCampNYC or check out the postmortem on the BarCampNYC wiki.

 
Comments:
Jakob Lodwick sent me these comments on email and said it was OK to publish them here.
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Yay:
-Everyone treated the office with respect and I don't know of a single problem.
-I learned a lot and the sessions further stimulated ideas I was already thinking about.
-I talked to interesting people... almost nobody annoyed me!
-It was a testament to the possibility of self-organizing events.

Eh:
-I was pretty drained by the second day, even though all the organizing was out of my hands... maybe it was because I had a full work week before, or because I have a hyperactive brain, but by my last session I was ready for a 12-hour nap!
-The schedule became unclear in the second day. Maybe next time we could divide it up into 30-minute chunks and make sure people stick with it. I think if the framework were a bit stricter, the self-organizing would be more successful.
-The schedule was also very mentally demanding, since sessions were scheduled through lunch. I would have liked to have a break / meditation / physical activity session in there at some point, and also disallowed sessions during lunch.
-A better common area would have been good.

I think all my "eh" comments can basically be distilled into this point: I felt like we were trying to do too much in the time we had. Would BarCamp have been worse if we'd only had half as many sessions? I would say that it would have been a better overall experience because, as it stands, I'm still recovering!

Anyway, I'm completely happy we did it, and I'll certainly attend the next one and consider having another one at our office in the future.

Jakob
 

Amit sent me a quick note about post-camp cleanup.
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cleanup: kara deserves credit for organizing it like a fox: handing out slips of paper with individual tasks to attendees. It was almost all done by the time the sessions were over! the three of us + a whole bunch of attendees finished up.
 

glad i could see u, nick!!!!
i like ur voice.
cool video(^o^)/
niki
 

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