BarCamp Vancouver 2008 Save The Date

Monday, July 21st, 2008 — 10:27am PDT
Comments 15

The social media landscape in Vancouver sure has evolved since I first attended BarCamp in 2006 and as such the event is back and bigger than ever for 2008.

BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees. All attendees are encouraged to give a demo, a session, a presentation, or help with one. All attendees are expected to be participants. All presentations are scheduled the day they happen. Prepare in advance, but come early to get a slot on the wall. [BarCampVancouver]

John and I walked into the Bryght offices on a warm August night, picked up our stylish brown unconference t-shirts and put many faces to names we had heard about town (like Roland Tanglao, Megan Cole and Kris Krug). That night was also my first live blog over at Matt’s house and the next day I continued the live blogging at BarCamp, which has only led to dozens more.

The best part about BarCamp is the people – here are some of my favourite people shots over the years:

Travis Smith, Duane Storey, Me, and Jacob Stewart in the background
Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey on Flickr
Barcamp 07 -night before
Me with DaveO and Boris

Linda and Phillip – Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey

A trust exercise – I swear – Photo credit: Lee Lefever on Flickr

Kate Milberry and Airdrie Miller – Photo credit: Derek Miller on Flickr

The 2006 Wall O’ Love – Photo credit: Kris Krug on Flickr

There’s a great group of organizers this year (not like they weren’t last year) and I’m proud to be among the ranks. My involvement will be to run WordCamp during BarCamp, alongside PhotoCamp with my pal Duane.

Running in tandem with BarCamp these will simply be more specified tracks ranging from beginner WordPress to more advanced. For an example of PhotoCamp check out my live blog from Northern Voice.

This will be taking place on Saturday September 27th, right after National Digital Media Day hence not being in August this year. You can sign up on the EventBrite page and there will be more places to find information (Upcoming, Facebook etc.) in the coming weeks.

Current contests on

  • Enter here to win tickets to the Coquitlam Express hockey games this weekend (until Sept 20)
  • Enter here to win tickets to the Snowbird RV Show and Sale (until Sept 18)
  • Enter here to win passes to Science World to see the new Cats and Dogs exhibition (until Sept 18)
  • Enter here to win an Oktoberfest at at the Alpen Club prize pack (until Sept 19)
  • Enter here to win tickets to Le Concert Spirituel Baroque Orchestra Suites (until Sept 19)
  • View a complete list of contests »


  1. Phaedra says:

    Hmmmm, this sounds like it could be a good time. I think I shall go, new Macbook and all ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tod says:

    Woohoo! I’m in!

  3. […] looks like this year Rebecca Bollwitt will be running WordCamp with Duane Storey. What is Barcamp? BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference […]

  4. Miss604 says:

    @Phaedra – would this be your first social media unconference? If so, it’s a great one and I think you’ll have a blast ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Phaedra says:

    It would be my first social media conference. And guess what? I signed up!

  6. Shane Birley says:

    I will have to check it out this year. I have never been. The only “un-conferences” I have been to turned into drunken wank-fests and were not very interesting or useful. I was turned off – so, I’ve avoided them ever since.

    I am going to need a bit of convincing to change my mind. Who is up to the challenge to change my mind…anyone?…anyone?


  7. Karen says:

    Shane, I am totally up to the challenge! I’m a bit of an unconference hobbyist…but the catch is you gotta show up!

    Looking forwarding to seeing Rebecca, Shane, and everyone else! I’m actually going to be in town for this this year, hurrah!

  8. Raul says:

    And for those of you who haven’t registered, you REALLY ought to register ASAP as the tickets are going FAST!

  9. Ariane says:

    Can’t wait! So glad that registration opened the day *after* I took a day off from the internets!

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  13. […] @ BarCamp will have its own venue (the Playwrite’s Theatre), split with PhotoCamp, and will take the […]

  14. […] If you’ve become familiar with the Northern Voice Conference, it’s similar but on a smaller scale. For a full description of BarCamp and unconferences, check out my BarCamp 2008 Save the Date post. […]

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