What is edaBarCamp?

The idea of our edaBarCamp: In open sessions everyone has the opportunity to contribute their own topics and to participate and to enrich the other sessions by his thoughts and ideas. For that purpose, each participant can suggest sessions on his topics in advance and during the event. Topics with common interests are then identified and scheduled by all participants at the beginning of the event. There is no program committee. We all vote and decide our agenda in an open plenary meeting. The agenda of each individual session is then commonly decided by the session-owners and their participants. Everbody is asked to become an active participator, not just a passive listener. According to your interests you can organize your sessions as interactive workshops, short 'hackathons', brainstormings, presentations and tutorials as well as open-minded question- & feedback round. To memorize and exchange the results each session is asked to commonly document their work during the session. Finally, the joint documentation will be made available to you after the event.

From the intense cooperation you can expect:

  • to get ideas and assessments for your PhD topics
  • to identify new and different perspectives on your current and future projects
  • to find the potential for new cooperations
  • to build the foundation for joint publications
  • to extend your networks for further cooperation

To prepare edaBarCamp, we kindly ask you to propose your session-ideas in advance at our session proposal forum. Joining our open web forum you have the opportunity to read and discuss all session proposals and that way to provide clues about the possible session topics.

(For a short explanation in german refer to the following OFFIS-Newsletter article: http://www.offis.de/.../edaBarCamp_Info_deutsch.pdf ).

Orientation on the 'Rules' of BarCamp

  • 1st Rule: You do talk about BarCamp.
  • 2nd Rule: You do blog about BarCamp.
  • 3rd Rule: If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
  • 4th Rule: Only three word intros.
  • 5th Rule: As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
  • 6th Rule: No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
  • 7th Rule: Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
  • 8th Rule: If this is your first time at BarCamp, you HAVE to present. (Ok, you don't really HAVE to, but try to find someone to present with, or at least ask questions and be an interactive participant.)


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