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.
- Wireless routers, thank you Sunny! (but these only worked about 65% of the time)
- Badges with tags, great idea Luke - Download the BarCampNYC badges template
- Shoes off, go Kara!
- Check-in station, but I'm biased
- Sunday's group intro, kudos to Kellan
- Pizza on Saturday afternoon, easy to grab and not too greasy, helped speed up lunch
- Sushi on Saturday night, very filling
- Projectors! Thank you Hilary, Finn, Byron, Zach and Noel
- Kitchen space, kudos to Jake for hanging the paper dividers - it helped with noise and atmosphere
- 349 Broadway 9th floor, could have been less long and more square but generally no huge complaints - it worked well to be so crowded
- Sponsors! Amazing turnout for a totally free weekend
- Constant cleanup, thanks to everyone who helped throughout the weekend
- Cleanup afterwards, the hardest task all weekend, who stayed to help I wonder? Next year, I will!
- Good, intense friendly banter sessions
What to think about for next year
- Wireless routers, double our expected needs next time and ensure redundancy
- Badges, print extras for Day #2
- Printer, why did I think we'd need one? Thanks Scott
- File server, thanks Mister for bringing one, but ditto above
- Whole Foods catering didn't deliver on time, Kara was frustrated
- Lunch on Sunday, can't complain because it was free, but I didn't find it filling
- Live Rails programming demo, confusing
- Unpracticed session speeches, these never work well (mine was far from perfect)
- Elevators, broken for last 24 hours
- Towels, bring your own!
- Mac VGA connectors, I was asked literally seven times each day where to find one - thanks to those who shared
- Backchannel, it was awkward but I didn't contribute either
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.