Startup Camp

You may recall that I recently wrote about attending FOO Camp, the archetypal "unconference" that Tim O'Reilly runs each year to cultivate the community that powers his publishing business. An unconference is a gathering of the sort of people you'd find at a conference doing the sorts of things people at conferences do when they aren't in sessions. I wrote:

Unconferences are less about deconstructing authority and more about expressing the connectedness that comes about when "the network is the computer" express itself when people come together too.

I'm not saying the more structure sessions weren't valuable ... But the world will be changed by the relationships formed at FOO this year, not by the sessions that were presented. That's what good unconferences do - rescue us from content and return us to the power of relationships.

So I'm delighted to say that Sun is supporting an interesting new unconference that's being organised by the people behind Mashup Camp, David Berlind and Doug Gold. It's Startup Camp, and registration is open now. The event will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, on November 2nd and 3rd 2006. I hope I'll be able to find a way to be there, not least becuase I want an open source startup to win the Best Startup Contest. And yes, Robert, you are welcome at this one!

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