Who needs to sleep when you’re having so much with the BarCamp like events, right? Building upon this idea we’ve announcing MobileCamp Ljubljana, that’s going to take place on 27th of March 2010 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
I’m excited about this MobileCamp for two main reasons: we’ll be bringing local mobile phone developers together for the first time in such numbers. This is important for Slovenian Mobile scene as there many indie iPhone and Android developers that need to see that their peers are active in the industry and that they’re not alone.
The second is that this venue is much bigger in terms of space so we should be able to introduce more people to concept of unconferences as well prepare grounds for a series of smaller MobileCamps later in the year if there will be enough demand.
We’re seeing increasing demand for iPhone and Android developers from companies and entrepreneurs as well as demands for applications from users, so lets expand this market fast and catch-up with the rest of the Europe. This time we’re switching back to English as primary language and we’re hoping to attract broader community also from the neighboring countries.
We can say once again that our last event, RealTime WebCampLjubljana, was a great success. We didn’t run out of coffee, there was enough electricity and WiFi as well as a great mix of people and the quality of talks and discussions was astonishing.
There are a few things that we did differently this time that had effect on the ‘camp feeling:
Smaller group – instead of going with 150+ we went for 50+ crowd. More intimate and it allowed for more open discussions.
Two tracks only – moved from 3 tracks format to 2 tracks as there was less people and we also had to optimize for the available rooms. We still managed to create a nice balance of tech vs. non-tech oriented talks.
Slovenian language – despite protests from our friends in Croatia, we decided to go with Slovenian as a primary language this time. My current feeling is that this made it easier for everyone involved and we should consider sticking to Slovenian for smaller camps that are not intended for international audience.
‘Hackish venue’ – instead of going for university or conference venue, we crashed in Hekovnik this time, a new hackerspace in Ljubljana. This had a totally different feeling of more ‘ad-hoc’ and less sterile environment. It seemed like people enjoyed this more.
There is still a question – how to encourage people to prepare more sessions and how to time the event. Going for early Saturday morning as a start (8am-ish) seems to work great for now. Regarding more sessions, I’m not sure if we can expect more than 30% of attendees to run their own session, would be interested in recommendations on any literature on the topic of facilitating sessions.
Did I miss anything important that we should take into consideration for our next ‘camps?
It’s been two months after last WebCamp and it’s time for another party. Following the idea of BarCamps with story line, we’ve decided to organize RealTime Social WebCamp Ljubljana.
This time we’ve decided to focus on a single emerging technology space: Real-Time Social Web. If you’re not up-to date with the latest buzzwords, it’s about next generation RSS protocols like HubSubPubBub, RSSCloud, XMPP (that powers GTalk), Synaptic Web, Twitter API and a bunch of other technologies and ways of thinking about the Web and Mobile space.
Intended audience are developers and people who are close to them (e.g. interface designers, product managers, etc.) and will need to innovate in this space in the next 6 months.
We’re doing it a bit more limited this time, just 50 spaces. I’m interested in seeing how a smaller and more focused group changes the dynamics of such gathering.
The rules for the tickets are the same as the last time. Send description of your talk early and you get a ticket, or hope that you can click fast enough for the left-over tickets later. I believe that extra effort should be awarded.
The official language this time is Slovenian since we’ve figured out that locals that are not native speakers understand our geek talk enough that it shouldn’t be a problem and we can understand them as they lecture in their own language.
Ljubljana is once again going into overkill with all the December holiday festivities. The good news is that there is nothing better for the community to go out there in the cold, buy insane amounts of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and just talk about things worth doing over the quiet new year holidays.
Now go out and organize your mulled wine themed meetup.
If you stroll around Ljubljana in mid-week evening, you might have been scared by a bunch of people on roller blades speeding around the streets and screaming at people to move away and stop blocking the road!
While roller blading gets really fun when you’re skating in pairs it gets really wild when you are in a group. It becomes even easier to skate for longer time and a bigger group can protect itself better as the first person can stop the traffic and ensure others can cross the road more safely. Cars also notice you more and reroute the traffic accordingly.
How to join? The best way is to drop by Kotalkališ?e Tivoli (next to Hot Horse) on Monday at 19h. You can also join Facebook group Nightskate Ljubljana if you want to get reminded. There are a few other smaller groups that have different days, but Monday group is the best to start with.
The routes are not difficult and the group really makes sure that the speed is suitable for everyone. We usually finish around 20h on Prešeren Square for finishing ice cream. The group usually has between 10 and 15 members.