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BarCamp Portland 2008: An Event Review

BarCamp Portland 2008
(All session post-it images are taken by Selena Deckelmann)

When: Friday, May 2, 2008 at 6:00 pm to Sunday, May 4, 2008 at about 3:00 pm, not including the impromptu after-party at Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub and 5 minutes of suicide drink-making act involving the full accoutrements of CubeSpace’s soda machine and syrup bar—“so,” one of the mixer said “you can confidently answer your friends when they asked ‘when did you have your last suicide?’ with ‘in 2008! What about you?’”

Where: CubeSpace, where Startupalooza was held two months ago.

What It’s About: Conference run by participants on various topics, ranging from Pirates Paying Artists to PostgreSQL, XFN to Lying With Statistics, followed by after-dinner Werewolf games—wherein I got hooked but remained very bad at convincing other that I was indeed a villager.

Personally, BarCamp Portland was one of the best events that I have attended in Portland. The atmosphere was both very collaborative and conductive to ideas. The people, extremely smart. And the most important thing of all was that, to me, it seems that participants were there because they wanted to be there, not because they had to. To the attendees, technology may or may not be their day job (in fact, there was a good number of creative and ethnographer types attending as web/graphic designers and market/user researchers, respectively) but it is their passion. And I believe that getting together with people who share the same passion is very important.

When you clearly see that every participant have brilliant ideas just waiting for the right kind of community to adopt and execute them, you simply can’t help but get excited.

BONUS: I see this atmosphere lacking in the creative/advertising community meetups, and would love to organize one. Tweet or email me if you would like to collaborate. Also, if you’re the talented designer in a Titanium Powerbook that came up with the Word Processor app working model that I totally dig (it was based on logical flows of the writing process instead of, uh, a blank sheet of paper,) but for some reason forgot to give me your business card, I would love to hear more about that.

Technicality: ☝ ☝ ½
Translation: Some sessions are technical, some are not (others are uniquely Portland.) Best of all, you get to pick and choose.

Interestingness: ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: I’d give it twenty bazzillion fingers if space permits. BONUS: @portlandpolice hinted an alleged appearance to every #Bacon session attendees’ shock and awe.

What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
More creative energy/sq.ft. than your digs.