FAQ

Who should attend BarCamp?

Everyone -- Beaver BarCamp is open to the community and is free of charge.

How are topics chosen?

Most session topics are scheduled the morning of the event and are provided by the attendees.

What are Lightning Talks?

Lightning talks are five minute presentations on any topic. At barcamp, the first session will include lightning talks in the barcamp style; anyone can sign up beforehand and present on any topic for up to five minutes instead of the full hour. We will still have full-length barcamp talks available during that session, but lightning talks will be an option.

Who should present?

We welcome presentations of all kinds, and expertise is not required. Come prepared to share something you are passionate about, whether its your job, hobby or interests. And formal Powerpoint presentations are not necessary: lead a discussion, demo a project, play a game, or teach a skill. One of the best aspects of BarCamp is that attendees both provide the sessions and choose the schedule, allowing for greater flexibility and fun.

Do I have to present?

Nope. You are welcome to participate however you are most comfortable. Come and meet new people, learn something new, or participate in a discussion.

What should I bring?

Nothing is required, but you may find it convenient to bring a laptop or mobile device (Wi-Fi is provided), notebook and pen, reusable water bottle, and a camera.

Do I Need To RSVP?

RSVP is not required, but we would love if you registered for the event on EventBrite. This helps us plan for enough food and accommodate dietary restrictions.

Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi will be available and free to use while at the conference. An account and password will be provided at the event.

Are food and drinks provided?

Yes, there will be continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.

Where do I park?

Free parking is widely available on campus on Saturdays, with the exception of reserved and metered stalls. There is a large parking lot to the north of Kelly Engineering that should have enough room for everyone.

What will the session topics be?

At Beaver BarCamp, the majority of sessions are not prearranged. Attendees at each BarCamp propose their own session ideas on the day of the event, and the schedules are updated throughout the day to make sure the most popular sessions get the largest rooms.

Does BarCamp have something to do with bars and alcohol?

No, it doesn't. Its actually a hacker reference to FooBar which is typically used as a placeholder name when describing something in software code. BarCamp arose as an open to the public alternative to Foo Camp, which is an invitation-only conference.