A bunch of geeks I like and respect are pushing BarCamp Sydney as the place to be on the 5th and 6th of April this year. It's an unconference, which is a conference that is created and managed by the participants.
Participation seems to be the name of the game at this event - from speaking to picking up rubbish. They also claim to be there for everyone from IT geeks and engineers to photographers.
No spectators, only participants
This one line is making it very hard to me to try it for the first time. If you know me then you know that participating is not a challenge. What is putting me off attending for the first time is that I still have no clear understanding about what I am supposed to contribute and how that benefits me or others. There are a lot of people with a lot of stuff to say that doesn't interest me in the slightest. Damn, there are a lot of people who couldn't care less what I have to say too... or maybe just five.
Why should I go to a general conference with no structure and a definition that changes every time I ask what it's about?
My answer: It sounds like an interesting idea but if I have to get up and defend Microsoft to a bunch of freetards who ask what I do, then I'm leaving pretty fast. I do believe that it is worth trying everything that sounds fun at least once before judging it. I'll be there on the Saturday and will let you know how it goes.