University to Host the "Unconference"--BarCamp Harrisburg
Nov 2, 2009
BarCamp is coming to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
The ad-hoc “unconference” will be filled with open, participatory events, discussions, and workshops where presentation content is provided by the participants rather than chosen speakers. The topics for this year’s BarCamp Harrisburg will be the Web with a track on education.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2010. Attendance is free for those who register, but space is limited, so register early online at http://www.barcamphbg.org/what-is-barcamp/
BarCamp originated as a response to Foo Camp, which was an invitation-only conference held by Tim O’Reilly. Both conferences are a play on the terms foo, bar, and foobar, which are common placeholder/variable names used by hackers and computer programmers. The first BarCamp took place in 2005, and since that time BarCamps have been held in over 350 cities all over the world. More details can be found on Wikipedia’s definition of BarCamp.
Attendees arrive around 9-10 am, have breakfast, network, and post topics they would like to discuss on a schedule board (we’ll have markers and paper available to post topics). Following a brief kick-off meeting with the entire group, the day will consist of sessions broken down into 45-minute blocks. There will be a break for lunch, followed by afternoon sessions that will run until around 5 pm.
The University is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg. BarCamp Harrisburg is sponsored by Harrisburg University, Mudbrick Creative and Hauck Interactive.
Established in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania’s need for increased opportunities for study leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University is an innovative and ambitious private institution that produces graduates who provide increased competence and capacity in science and technology disciplines to Pennsylvania and the nation. Harrisburg University ensures institutional access for underrepresented students and links learning and research to practical outcomes. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
For more information on the University's demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call 717.901.5146 or email Connect@HarrisburgU.edu.