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BarCamp Manchester 9

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Auto Trader UK

1 Tony Wilson Place

#4th Floor

Manchester

M15 4FN

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A BarCamp is a conference where everyone is equal, and talks can come from anyone on any topic. It’s different from a typical conference, where the talks are curated, the speakers have apply to speak and all the topics are on a common theme. BarCamps are free and attract talks. BarCamp is for geeks, anyone who is passionate about a topic, or people who just want a fun weekend where they can share their secret passion, or discover something new.

Talks in previous years have ranged from topic such as web development, design, inspiring women, visiting Chernobyl, building a robot for Robot Wars, learning Esperanto, mental health, and making cheese. The organisers of BarCamp coined a new word for this: the unconference. An unconference is a multi-track conference without a set agenda; the lines between attendee and speaker are blurred and all attendees are encouraged to give talks, with the schedule open for anyone to place their own talk in.

BarCamp started in Silicon Valley in 2005, and came to Manchester in 2008, which makes BarCamp Manchester Manchester’s longest-running and largest “unconference”. It spans a weekend with an “overnight” portion continuing into the evening between the two days for social gaming (well, until the bar closes).

The dynamic nature of the BarCamp schedule copies the idea of the lobby track at other conferences. Talks are ad-hoc, and those which go down very well often spin off follow-up talks later in the event. It’s also a great opportunity for those who are not polished public speakers to gain experience in front of a very friendly crowd.

BarCamp Manchester will be returning to AutoTrader’s Manchester office on First Street. The main entrance is outside HOME and the Engels statue by Pizza Express and you can come and go during the day, and outside of the main registration period building security will admit you.

BarCamp is walking distance from Oxford Road and Deansgate train stations, Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop, and close to parking on First Street.

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