09 Nov, 2008
Organising a *Camp
Posted by: conor In: Afterwards
If you attended BarCamp Cork and thought you’d like to run an unconference yourself, below is just a quick idea of what is involved.
- Try to have 2 and preferably 3 organisers. It’s possible as a solo run but can add to your stress level.
- The venue is the number 1 priority. If you can get it for free then you’ve done 75% of the work already. EI, Howard Holdings, Integris and Damien came up trumps with Webworks for BarCamp Cork.
- A blog. Get it up there day 1 and start telling people what you are doing.
- Sponsors. You only need a small few to cover the basics. How much do you think BarCamp cost to arrange? What would you say if I told you that BarCamp Cork 2 with 110+ plus people at a day long free conference cost less than €800 in total?
- Why so little?
- You don’t need t-shirts
- You don’t need banners
- You don’t need printed badges
- All poster printing should be done on your 8 year old inkjet at home
- Beg, borrow or steal a Musgraves card and pay pennies for
- plastic cutlery
- fizzy/flat water
- Pizza and donuts will feed most people (unless it’s a FoodCamp ). Bulk ordering from a local place should get you up to 20% discount
- Mics are expensive but often necessary (€120 per setup)
- Borrow projectors. We had offers of 5 but you may have to order screens for them.
- Most venues won’t have enough chairs (Webworks did luckily). They cost approx €1.80 each
- If the event is even remotely geeky, you will need wifi.