Monday, 19 August 2013

The Barcamp is back!

When: Saturday, August 24
Time: 8a.m to 8 p.m (of course, this goes later, and I would stick around for any evening fun and conversation...)
Where: iHub, Nailab and mlab, Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road

Barcamp Nairobi 2013 is an unconference made up of of technical professionals, Internet enthusiasts, bloggers, designers and other clever people in the Nairobi area who wish to share and learn in an open environment.

Attendees don't just watch a set list of speakers. They give their own talks. Podcasting. Web standards. Microformats. Gum stick computers. Physical security. Robotics. Evolutionary algorithms. It can be anything. This event is not just for stuffy developer types - one of the best barcamp presentations ever given was about sandwiches. Barcamp is what you make of it.

The theme for Barcamp Nairobi 2013 is “The Next 50“. We aim to get the conversation going on where tech in Kenya will be in the next 50 years. As Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence this year, we have the unique and enviable opportunity to dream and contemplate what the next 50 years should look like and what role technology will play. As thinkers, technologists in various sectors, and citizens of this country we can begin the process of visualizing the future and shaping it. Challenges such as access to healthcare, quality and equitable education, food security have their answers in technology and the possibilities are endless. There will come a time in the next 50 years when these issues will be non-issues so to speak. What will that future look like? What technologies will be pervasive? How will people interact and how will lives be affected and improved?

Come to Barcamp Nairobi 2013. Let us begin the conservation.

To sign up go here. Everybody including volunteers needs to sign up.
Also check out the wiki here for more information and to see what topics people will be talking about!
If you're wondering what this whole concept is about check out the Wikipedia entry