Most tech conferences cost you or your boss money. Most tech conferences don't have presenters show up in full Joker-in-The Dark Knight makeup. And most tech conferences have their presentations, their social opportunities, and their attendance list plotted out months in advance.
That's not the case at BarCamp Buffalo, which is rebooting and launching today, Saturday (Feb. 2, 2013) at Medaille College. Everyone participates in some way in the presentations and learning, and everything is taught by people who attend. A BarCamp is a user-generated workshop, or "unconference," and Buffalo's event is shaping up to hit that target.
Sure, there will be talks and demonstrations on web development, mobile apps, databases, and the like. But there will likely be talks on credit card rewards, "The Ethics of Not Being You," working downtown, and whatever else the attendees decide. If nothing else, Eric W's "20 topics in 20 minutes" should keep the audience out of their laptops.
Breakfast, lunch, and beverages are provided free, and the first 100 to register for the event receive a free T-shirt. The all-day event will have strong Wi-Fi and multiple workshop tracks to navigate. It's casual, engaging, and a great opportunity to meet new future-minded folks from Buffalo and nearby communities.
BarCamp Buffalo #6 BarCamp Buffalo is February 2nd, 2013 at Medaille College. Five classrooms are available for 5 talks going on all at once, 30 minutes each. If you've ever been to Rochester's BarCamp, this will be just like it.
8:00 am: Doors open! Breakfast and registration 9:00 am: Welcome and Intro's 9:30 am: Talks begin! 5:00 pm: Wrap up and meetup for after party
Parking When entering Medaille College's main entrance, follow the signs with balloons on them. You'll turn left when you enter, and you'll circle you clockwise around the buildings to the back. There is plenty of parking available, look for the balloons for the door entrance.