So what is the idea behind

Building on the success of the two MobileDevCamp‘s held in Amsterdam, we came togeather through a common idea of organising a similar event here in Helsinki.

Our plan is to run the first half of the day along more traditional conference lines and organise some excellent speakers who give shortish (approximately 30 minute) presentations around the topic of developing on or for mobile platforms.
The second half of the day is scheduled a little differently than what happens at more traditional conferences. We decided to offer two choices that will run in parallel;

and then let attendees choose what they want to do. By the way, you are more than welcome to swap between the two choices.

An outline agenda for the day is already up and we will be updating this page as we get more things confirmed. I will be putting up a post as the agenda changes (another good reason to subscribe to the rss feed!)

what is a Hackathon?
We have allocated space, power and network connectivity for you to sit down and write some code.
It is that simple.

why a Hackathon?
Because doing is better than talking.
Come along and get some solid development time free from distractions, but with the potential of a support structure of your peers being avaialbe physically near you.

what is a BarCamp?
In this case we have organised space and some time slots, what happens then is up to the participants. If no-one is interested in holding a session then the BarCamp part closes and it is just the Hackathon

These are from the original BarCamp wiki, and stand as good guide lines

Rules Of the BarCamp

  1. You do talk about Bar Camp.
  2. You do blog about Bar Camp.
  3. If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
  4. Only three word intros.
  5. As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
  6. No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists. The organizers of the barcamp are it’s own participants!
  7. Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
  8. 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.)

Bear in mind! The organizers of a BarCamp are it’s own participants! So your only contribution to the unconference is your pro-active attitude.

a couple of extra personal tips from me would be;

  • come with an open mind and as few as possible expectations
  • come prepared to lead a session, but don’t worry if you can’t find a free slot, just join in one that is similar and add your knowledge
  • although most of the information you will find on the web say “presentation”, your do not have to create or use slides. Demos, practical workshops (installation walkthroughs etc), discussion facilitator are all valid uses of the time, IF people choose to attend your session
  • be nice. If you notice what you think is a similar session, talk with that person about combining (if the free slots are running out), or discuss how to make them more distinct

why a BarCamp?
The phrase

we are smarter than me

is a good way to summarize why people are finding that BarCamp style events work well.
While we are putting some significant efforts into organising this event, but we are still humble enough to acknowledge that there are lots of people out there who are very deserving of a speaker slot (or who may know more than the speakers we have chosen), but for various reasons they traditionally would not able to spread this knowledge/passion at the event.
The unconference format allows for more people to come forward and share their knowledge, information and passion.

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