Last weekend Oliver and I visited BarCamp Hannover. About 200 enthusiastic barcampers came together to network and swap news and ideas about web2.0-related topics. The warm-up party on Friday made the start for a weekend full of interesting sessions and conversations. The organisers did a great job and with support of the sponsors they provided a splendid culinary and technical infrastructure for us.
Among others, we saw an exciting session on the future of barcamps in Germany, where we discussed the pros and cons of general, large barcamps in opposite to topic-related camps with special focuses (like TYPO3camp oder educamp). The twitter-sessions were very popular as well, because some people met their twitter-followers in real life for the first time. The speakers showed new as well as established twitter-services and the audience was interactively testing them straight away. Till Achinger of Sonntagmorgen (’Sunday morning’) took care of our caffeine-supply by serving four different flavours of delicious coffee before he took over to win the PowerPoint-Karaoke on Saturday evening. By means of it’s tasty juices and nectars, saftblog (’juice blog’) ensured our essential vitamin-dose throughout the whole weekend. The audience at home did not have to worry about missing important information and stories: A mogulus-channel was set up for instant video-streaming, photos have been uploaded to ipernity and flickr and following the rules of barcamp (’you do blog about a barcamp’) there are many reports and postings by now as well.
For organisation and participation administration of this event, the orga-team decided to use a mixxt-network. It turned out to be very beneficial, the event-module allows users to sign in separately for every day and not for the whole weekend at once. This helped the organisers to exactly calculate how many barcampers would attend and have to be supplied. In addition, the simple newsletter function allowed to inform every attendee beforehand about the wifi-configuration and the current strike of the public transport. The acknowledgement of the orga-team during the closing session showed us, that they were happy with their decision to use a mixxt-network.
The one and only orga-team (unfortunatly not complete) – photo by antischokke
Again, we would like to say thanks to all who helped this event. We are pleased with the active use of mixxt as well as the informative and positive feedback of the barcamp-crowd!