BarCamp Technology Conference Comes To Austin

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BarCamp, the world's greatest "un-conference," to be held in Austin on Saturday March 11th during SXSW Interactive.

BarCampAustin, a free, ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment, will be held in Austin on Satuday March 11th during SXSW Interactive at the Thistle Café (6th and Lavaca). BarCampAustin will be an intense event with discussions, ad-hoc technology collaboration, podcasting, demos, panels, blogging, mashups, meetups, robots, and pirates for Austin’s technology community this weekend.

"Bar Camp is an expression of community. It's passionate people coming together to engage, to plan, to scheme about changing the world doing work that they love,” said Chris Messina (aka factoryjoe), BarCamp founder and Flockstar. “We've basically taken the hallway conversations that happen at most old-school conferences and placed them squarely in the center of the event. And what you get, well, you'd have come to BarCamp to understand just what makes BarCamp different.”

This is the first year for BarCampAustin. The event will feature 13 open sessions, 2 robotics displays, 2 panels on open source software and community economy, and a dinner-time meetup for the WordPress blogging software community. There will also be several giveaways for participants during the day. The event will transform from technology conference to an ad-hoc party at 9pm when the Jolly Garogers kick off an evening full of activities.

“Austin is the perfect city to host a BarCamp. Thanks to the support of the local community we’ve been able to create a stellar event for less than the cost of admission to other comparable conferences,” said William Hurley (aka whurley), organizer BarCampAustin. “From the combat robotics to podcasting, mashups to late night tech parties, this will be Austin’s technology event of the year.”

Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. The event will be held this Saturday March 11th at the Thistle Café at 6th and Lavaca from 9am to at least midnight. Everyone is invited to learn more about the event at the meet and greet party, Friday March 10th, which will kick off at 7pm at the Thistle Café.

What: BarCampAustin

Where: Thistle Café at 6th and Lavaca

When: The event is Saturday March 11th (doors open at 9am) with an opening party on Friday the 10th starting at 7pm (both are free and open to anyone who wants to participate). For those attending the WordPress dinner, please RSVP via email to wordpressmeetup@richardgoodwin.com to ensure seating availability.

About BarCampAustin

BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. For more information visit the website:

http://barcamp.org/BarCampAustin

For media inquiries, please contact:

William Hurley

(512) 484-2550

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