For those attending BarCamp Tokyo 2010
this Saturday the 29th, I look forward to seeing you soon! If you've
never been to a BarCamp, here are two examples of what these events
look like from right here in Japan: BarCamp
. And there is some basic information about BarCamp here
BarCamp Tokyo 2010 is just four days away, and it should be a really
great day. We'll have some nice donations from some sponsors (multiple
servings of food, shirts, stickers, pens, software, and the building
itself, of course).
But as Karamoon
said in his opening speech last year, BarCamps are basically living human wikis. People make BarCamps
People sharing interesting content and experiences openly and actively
in many-to-many relationships. It's all about direct participation.
That's the key. There are no special speakers standing on elevated
stages lecturing at people safely separated from passive and silent
audiences. Everyone engages. Everyone contributes. Everyone teaches.
Everyone learns. And everyone picks up the trash.
So, start thinking about what you will present. Or what conversation
you'll lead. Or what idea you'll plant. Or what project you'll start
and with who. Formal, informal, technical, non-technical, software,
hardware, community, panel discussions, debates, photography, artwork,
evangelism, marketing, hacking, leadership, activism,
internationalization, science, innovation, development techniques,
environmental issues, solutions to the world's most difficult problems,
health and safety challenges, economics, etc. What ties all these
things together is a spirit of doing
and that's what community is all about.
We have plenty of time and space for everyone to present something. We
have multiple rooms for short 15-minute talks, and a larger room for
longer 1/2 hour sessions (or even longer events if needed since the
schedule is made up on the spot and must remain flexible). And if you
don't actually deliver a talk, that's ok, but please participate by
engaging in discussions with speakers and others and in hallway
conversations or over lunch or dinner or at the bar afterwards. You
could very well find yourself directly involved in a new life changing
experience just by showing up and discovering a new project to which
you can contribute. Your input is valuable. Your voice matters. The
world changes by people doing things at the grassroots level, not from
the top down. This is where the ideas come from. This is where the real
value is generated. Down here where people do
The facilities we'll have for the day are seriously beautiful. Bring
your cameras. The views of Tokyo are great. Bring your laptops. We'll
have free wireless. Bring your ideas and keep your mind wide open.
Also, keep checking the wiki this week
for more information and schedules.
NOTE: If your name is listed on the wiki that means you are committed to come
. If you can't make it, please remove your name so you give someone else the opportunity to participate from the waiting list.
We are getting close ...