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The ‘almost a conference but not’ event for creative technologists

You’ve probably been to a conference before, but ever been to an ‘unconference’? If you’re a creative buff who dabbles in the realms of web design, web development and creative technologies, here’s your chance. The upcoming Barcamp is a free event that operates on the ‘unconference’ model, meaning everyone who attends will also be a presenter and will contribute to the agenda. 

Wendzich first launched Barcamp in New Zealand back in 2007 out of a desire to experience some of the tech scene that was developing in San Francisco and spreading throughout the States, following the first Barcamp in Palo Alto in 2005. 

Since its Kiwi debut, the event has continued to attract a group of web-orientated technologists and has grown from 60 people in its first year to 190 last year. 

According to Barcamp founder Ludwig Wendzich, its all about attendees being able to have a hand in creating the conference they want to see. 

“To put it in programmer-speak, Barcamp is a many-to-many event as opposed to a one-to-many event. Everyone should participate in the conversation, not just the person on stage with a microphone in their hand. Conversation is generally more interesting and useful than monologue, and that’s what Barcamp is all about." 

This year’s event features a Panel of the Year discussion focused on the role the internet will be playing in New Zealand over the next few years, touching on subjects like the controversial three strikes bill and the ultra-fast broadband initiative. 

The panel will be comprised of MP’s Gareth Hughes, Clare Curran and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, who will be joined by TUANZ chief executive Paul Brislen and InternetNZ’s Vikram Kumar. Rounding off the panel are political commentator David Farrar and legal commentator Tim Mullins, with Lance Wiggs stepping in as moderator. 

Get all the event details HERE.