The past weekend notes my first BarCamp, finally a local one and one I almost didn't visit. In retrospect, it may have been useful to attend both days, and not only the Sunday, as I'm told there were roughly 10 people not there on the second day.
I didn't quite know what to expect from the facilities (no whiteboard?) or the people, and I'm uncertain why.. Earl says it's probably 'cos I'm used to the more conventional conference. Not dissapointed with the content whatsover, and had a blast listening to interesting, smart and curious people not only speak about some of their passions, but ask beautiful, relevant questions during the presentations of the others.
I learnt a bucketload, from prety much everything that was discussed, like a Shake demo, Tectonic for alternatives, Bondage 101, Geting things done, Torque Game Engine, Systems Thinking, Identity management on the net and more - plus I got to touch my first mole-skin.
Earl is still a little grumpy for not going along in the end.
This time, it's being held somewhere accessable. I hope to go!
Provisional dates are 15 - 17 June 2006.
So far, topics I'm excited to see include: Introduction to Drupal as well as introduction to Plone.