BarCamp, aka the “unconference” is fast becoming a popular way for technology and web personnel to learn and teach. Â These gatherings are unique, in that the speakers are not announced until the morning of the conference. Â Organizers allow anyone to present about anything, and usually there is more than one presentation in each time slot, offering the conference-goers many choices.
At BarCamp Tampa, I was able to watch presentations as well as make one. Â I presentedÂ an overview of Augmented Reality, a new technology that combines computer graphics and realtime video, to a packed room. Â In the talk, I highlighted some of the more interactive and engaging uses for the technology, like gaming, advertising, and greeting cards. Â Since BarCamp, we’ve been working hard on a bunch of Augmented Reality projects, including an Augmented Reality birthday card we recently finished:Â http://hdinteractive.com/happybirthday/.Â Click the link at the bottom of that page to view and print the page you hold in front of your webcam. Â We have more greeting cards and other cool projects in the works that we’ll share soon.
Some other interesting topics at BarCamp included “Proper” Application Development and UX design by Charles Armstrong, CEO ofÂ Spark Labs,Â and a presentation arguing against writing a business plan. Â Kevin Evans of StartupMonkey gave some pointers on starting a business like “Make your product first, incorporate later,” and “Know your customer!”.
BarCamp is always different and always informative; that’s the beauty of the “unconference”.