Thanks CCCKC, BarCampKC is back on!

BarCampKC is back on! Many thanks to the folks at the Cowtown Computer Congress (CCCKC) for offering their space free of charge. To keep cost low, no breakfast or lunch will be served at the space. There are volunteer opportunities to bring breakfast or lunch to share. Please RSVP to show your support for the event. Also check the BarCampKC Wiki page for presentation information and volunteer needs.

We will see you on Saturday!

Again thanks to CCCKC for volunteering their space.


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BarCampKC 2010 is cancelled

BarCampKC 2010 is cancelled. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough interest to cover venue cost. We would like to thank everyone who did sign up as an attendee — your support is greatly appreciated. Refunds will issued over the upcoming week.

For those who are interested for BarCampKC 2011, please consider sign up for the BarCampKC Google Group to receive future announcements.

Thank you for your support.

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Announcing BarCampKC 2010

This year is the third annual BarCampKC, the unconference for sharing your passion. Planning took place on and off around Aug. Venue and dates were finally solidified fairly recently. And if some of you might know, the original URL was lost to a squatter.

BarCampKC will be held on Saturday, Nov 6th at Liberty Square. The event will be split between two Liberty establishments: Crepes on the Square and Las Compas. The morning sessions will be at Las Compas starting at 9:00am. In the afternoon, we will be meeting at Crepes on the Square, which is just across the street from Las Compas. Many thanks to Vince V. for making the arrangements.

Agenda and the Wiki
In the spirit of an unconference, a schedule is rarely created in advance. The finalized presentation schedule is determined the morning of the conference. Instead we ask participants to update the BarCampKC wiki on topics they would like to present or would be interested to hear about. This year we will have four tracks for presentations: mobile media, technology, design and show & tell.

Your involvement
BarCampKC is a user-generated conference. It means the people who attend the event are the same individuals who organize and present at the event. We hope you would come and present. If presentation is a scary concept, be ready to listen to others in the community, ask great questions and check for any requests on the wiki page.

Tickets are $15 in advance. The cost covers breakfast in the morning and coffee throughout the day. The registration link is at

Here is a link to the photo slideshow from last year to give you an idea of what occurred.
Front of the BarCampKC Badge

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What are you passionate about?

BarCamp is a great event to socialize and meet other people in our community. From each one of us, we can learn new things. If there is an topic you would like to talk about, please feel free to announce it here.


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BarCampKC almost here!

BarCampKC is a little more than two more weeks away. The venue has
been secured with thanks to Shannon and David. We will be having fresh
coffee from the Roasterie that morning; breakfast, on the other hand,
is MIA. More comments regarding breakfast and action items below. To
address online presence, the BarCampKC WordPress page is still online
but it needs to be updated with a new logo and content. The event has
been posted to the KC Tech Cal website and an Eventbrite registration
page has been created.

There are a few items that I could use some help with this week.

* A badge design.
The guys at made our badges for Highlight
Midwest and StartupWeekend. They are freaking nice badges. Check the
files for examples of badge designs.

* Breakfast Sponsor
We are looking for a sponsor for breakfast to feed the user groups.

* Getting the word out

Please to contact me directly if you can help out.
Thanks – Steven


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Lets organize ourselves BarCampKC 2009

The first conversations for BarCamp 2009 started around Feb 2009 at the StartupKC meeting.  Now that the year is half over, it is probably time to start planning ourselves an un-conference that is BarCamp.  Thanks to Pete (@peterthomas) for passing the BarCamp information to me (@whereisciao).

To help us out, here are a few objectives from the “Organizing a BarCamp” from

  1. Find a venue.
  2. Pick a date.
  3. Communicate.
  4. Say what you need.
  5. Download the Barcamp logo here

To start with the planning, please join the BarcampKC Google Group. We should start scoping out a venue and a date for the event soon.

To KC Tech — Steven Chau

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Links to some content


  • Zachary might have some pics soon.
  • Sean Cribbs weighs in on barcamp and provides the slides that accompanied his presentation on Radiant. I heard lots of comments on the high quality of this session so if you missed it and are interested in a lightweight content management system, have a look…
  • Here are the goods on Blaine’s Seaside talk.
  • Scott Hickey’s blog post about the weekend, his groovy slides, a link to a wav of his presentation (thanks, phil!), and an m3u. Wow.
  • if you want ot help pay for the pizza/juice thanks and please just paypal a few bucks to pete dot thomas at Half the pizza (50% donated) plus the juice came out to a little over ninety dollars so contributors greatly appreciated. Next year they/we will keep better track.
  • Alec pointed me at this post about Seaside. Based on some side conversation and the panel I thought others might be interested as well. And here is GemStone.

Just a note: some fellow Midwesterners are dealing with the aftermath of yesterday’s storms. Please keep them in your thoughts…

Happy Mother’s Day and congrats to everyone for running a really good BarCampKC this year. My favorite moments were listening to Tom state his strong opinions. clearly. and seeing Blaine‘s eyes light up every time he got to either hear or utter a sentence that included the word “Smalltalk”.

If you missed Tom discussing Rubinius and Merb check out this post from January for another perspective on what they are up to.

If you have links to content related to the event that you would like me to add to this post, just leave a comment and I’ll make sure and add something in the main body linking out to it.

For the purposes of this post let’s please refer to (jeff)isageek as (jeff)istheman since he set up the Tumblelog that aggregated a nice series of pics.

And here’s Tim’s presentation on Google Maps. Thank you, Tim! And thanks for having the guts to courageously represent the .Net side of things. You are truly brave…

What the hell is brightkite? You kids and your new-fangled web sites. This geezer can no longer keep up…

Thanks to Roasterie, Waldo Pizza, Boulevard, and of course Ad Astra for their strong sponsorship. Special thanks to Sarah Collins at AA for making sure everything ran smoothly for us and generally being cool.

And let’s not forget the music donated by none other than 1,000,000 Light Years. Patrick came on short notice and even sat in on many of the sessions. Check out his band 4th of July that even played CMJ and everything. Btw, the recording label, Range Life Records is run by his older brother.

The only crappy thing about the camp was realizing I met Jon Crawford a month too late. He talked with me about his plans to start something like a refresh Kansas City which I’d never heard of but was thrilled to learn about. Not only do I think it’s a really good idea but I think “refresh Kansas City” sounds way less awkward than “BarCampKC” and might attract more folks. The refreshes meet more often, too. In fact maybe the folks who go to the monthly refreshes could be the same folks who gradually put together an annual barcamp, democamp, or whatever. That could be fun.

There was also talk of doing something in conjunction with Omaha and perhaps other places to create a larger event. Ambitious? yes. But could be great…

Oh and, like I moron, I left the signin sheet (the one with all your email addresses on it) at Ad Astra. I was in a hurry to get Patrick back to Lawrence and then make it back for dinner with my family but in any case apologies for that gaffe and I’m going to try to track it down.

I’m signing off from the barcampkc ’08 blog.

Thanks people!

Oh and here are slides from the session on swaps.

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