For the past three years now I’ve co-organized what I consider to be the best unconference in the land, BarCamp Philly. I say this not because of any amazing co-organizing skills I have so much as the amazing people who show up and make it such a wonderful event. For those of you unfamiliar, an unconference is when a group of people get together and decide on the topics of all the talks that day themselves, rather than schedule all that shit in advance. That’s why who shows up directly impacts what the conference will be. Our job as organizers is to provide the most useful and engaging platform on which to make that happen.
Check out the variety of talks.
I was particularly impressed by Johnny Bilotta’s conversation on failure, Becky Sweger’s talk on the mystery—yes mystery!—surrounding where the dollars from our $3.8 trillion federal budget go (and her open source attempts to solve it), and finally getting to see Bala Peterson talk and seeing a completely different talk style than I am used to and trying to learn from it.
Then of course there was the 8-year-old who gave her second talk now about using iMovie on the iPad and then went out and shot this.
Shout out to my amazing team (pictured above; l-r; Brian Crumley, me, Maurice Gaston, Joe Campbell, Amanda Clark, Lisa Yoder)
Here’s to next year!