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HowToGetStarted

Page history last edited by jongos 15 years, 6 months ago

It's one of the most common questions that we get: how do I start my own Barcamp? Well, we're going to try to assemble some simple answers. Let's keep the heavier detailed instructions on PlanningABarcamp.

 

So, a couple things to remember:

 

  • Failure is an option -- albeit an unlikely one. It's important to embrace this; if you accept that you're participating in a big experiment, the pressure will lessen and you'll enjoy planning your event!
  • The less planning you do, oftentimes the better the event is.
  • Distribute as much ownership of the event as possible. While central planners and catalyzers are necessary to push things forward, the more people you can spread the responsibility to, the better -- for you, for the event and for the other participants!

 

To get started, here's what you need to do:

 

  1. Find a venue. Definitely the hardest part of the process. Venue donations are ideal!
  2. Pick a date. Once you've got a place picked out, figure out when you want your event to happen. We've tended to try to hold Barcamps simultaneous with other events to mix up the attendee pool -- since you'll draw from both local and out-of-towners. What's most important is that it's convenient for you and works for your community.
  3. Communicate. Blog, Email, IRC, wiki and document everything! Seriously, the more transparent and communicative you are about your Barcamp, the more successful you'll be.
  4. Say what you need. Participants can be helpful and giving -- but if they don't KNOW that you need a few extra dollars to cover catering lunch/breakfast, t-shirts, whatever, then they can't step up to the plate and help. Remember: everyone participates. So, give everyone the information they need to be able to participate!
  5. Download the Barcamp logo here

 

The rest you make up yourself. It's not meant to be complicated, so if you find yourself stressing, step back, realize that you're doing it for you and your community and that it's supposed to be fun! Stress probably means you're overthinking it and need to simplify. .