Thursday, April 09, 2009

Open Camp: Madison

there's a cool event coming up in a week and some change that potentially dovetails nicely into the class. it's all day long in grainger hall, and totally free. having helped organize the event, i know that there are a lot of issues that are going to be tackled here, and having the library/digital divide voice there would be a really great contribution to the day.

if anyone is super interested, lemme know and i'm sure we can find a way for you to help out. more info can be found over at the open everything madison wiki.

open camp: an open everything event

"Open Everything is a global conversation about the art, science and spirit of 'open'. It gathers people using openness to create and improve software, education, media, philanthropy, architecture, neighbourhoods, workplaces and the society we live in: everything. It's about thinking, doing and being open.

OpenCamp combines 'Open Everything' with the unconference style of BarCamp. OpenCamp will be the first event of it's kind in the world and will be part of a growing global movement with NYC holding their event the same day. Madison is still the only place in the US to have had an Open Everything event and we are excited to have NYC join us in the Red, White and Blue.

In December 2008, Madison joined with Hong Kong and Berlin to celebrate and discuss openness in the world. With OpenCamp, we will be doing things differently. We'll be opening the doors to more people and participating in an unconference style event.

If you aren't familiar with unconferences, imagine Wikipedia in physical space. There will be four presentations going on at once and if the one you are at no longer interests you, use the 'two feet' rule to go to another presentation. Also, don't feel the need to always be at a 'presentation'. Some times water cooler/coffee discussions are more worthwhile than a formal presentation. We encourage you to make the event yours and learn and participate in ways in which you see fit. There is one rule though.

You must participate, there are no audience members at OpenCamp, only participants."

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