FreelanceCamp PRO Coming to San Francisco

FreelanceCamp PRO, a BarCamp-style “unconference” for freelancers, will be hosting its next event on June 5 in San Francisco. In true BarCamp style, the actual schedule will be determined by attendees on the day of the event, but the suggested list of topics is interesting.

Why Not Organize a Web Worker Barcamp?

tdwcampOn April 25th, the Paris-based organization Travailleurs du Web will be holding TDWCamp, a barcamp for web workers here in Paris. Why not organize one in your city?
If you don’t know what a barcamp (or unconference) is, don’t feel bad. The name certainly doesn’t provide any clues if you don’t know the history. Barcamps are like structured brainstorming sessions with crowd-sourced agendas and organic, bottom-up organization. It’s a great format for generating ideas, energy and momentum that can be used by any special interest group, professional or otherwise. I’ll explain.
Somebody decides to have a barcamp. Anyone interested in the subject of the barcamp can sign up. Some participants offer to talk to the group about a topic in which they have expertise. Others indicate what topics they’re interested in hearing about/discussing. Read More about Why Not Organize a Web Worker Barcamp?

Community-Organized Events vs. Traditional Conferences

Every year when I make my yearly geek pilgrimage to Austin for SXSW, I struggle with how much time to spend at BarCampAustin vs. SXSW, because they usually overlap. I love attending SXSW, but I am also a BarCamp fan, so the choice is always a difficult one. This year, like most past years, I chose to skip SXSW to spend a day at BarCamp.

Previously on WebWorkerDaily, I talked about the differences in they way that the community conferences are organized and posted an interview with Audrey Eschright, a BarCamp and unconference organizer. This time I was interested in differences in content between traditional conferences and community-organized events.

Since anyone can propose a session at BarCamp, you tend to get more crazy ideas and niche sessions with great information that would never have an audience broad enough to justify a session at most traditional commercial conferences. You also get some terrible sessions and ideas that just don’t make much sense, but the beauty of BarCamp is that you can wander in and out of sessions pretty easily.

Some examples of interesting sessions at BarCampAustin included: How to start an online bacon business in a month, half-baked entrepreneurial theater (where people come up with crazy business ideas), air ships and more. Read More about Community-Organized Events vs. Traditional Conferences

Community Organized Events, Unconferences and BarCamps

Photo by Selena Marie

Photo by Selena Marie

In previous posts, I’ve talked about attending local events and meetups or scheduling new ones if you can’t find any that meet your needs. In this post, I wanted to talk about something bigger than the typical meetup: community-organized events. BarCamps, unconferences, and similar events have been popping up all over the world in increasing frequency. I’m an organizer for the local BarCamp in Portland, and I have attended many of these types of events. I’m planning to attend BarCampAustin this weekend, which is running in parallel with SXSW.

The organization of these events is very different from typical commercial events. While commercial events tend to be organized by professional organizers who are being paid to produce the conference, community organized events are often organized by unpaid volunteers from the community who are passionate about the topic. Both types of events have their strengths and weaknesses and their place in the industry, but both are also very different in both organization and attendance.

Attendance

I have noticed that many organizers and a high percentage of attendees of BarCamps tend to be web workers. Read More about Community Organized Events, Unconferences and BarCamps

Kliavkoff to Leave Top Digital Spot at NBCU

George Kliavkoff is done bringing digital gospel to old media. Now he wants to “start, run or invest” in an online business, he said in an internal email announcing he will leave his post as NBC Universal’s chief digital officer at the end of the year. The email, parts of which were published by CNET today, noted that NBCU’s digital revenues will top $1 billion in 2009 and that Kliavkoff feels his work at the media giant is done.
Kliavkoff had been with NBCU since August 2006, was the interim CEO for Hulu before it became fully formed, and most recently led NBCU’s widely viewed portal for online Olympics coverage. He had also been in charge of less successful efforts like NBC Direct, the network’s dysfunctional web video-on-demand service. Prior to NBCU, Kliavkoff had led the digital arm of Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
Kliavkoff will stay with NBCU through the end of the year and take time off before his next project, according to CNET. NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker said in a cordial statement that he appreciated Kliavkoff’s efforts to embed digital into each of the company’s divisions. We at NewTeeVee will miss Kliavkoff’s informative public remarks that gave specific details into NBC’s digital thinking. We only hope he will continue to be so clear-headed at his next venture.
For some of Kliavkoff’s new media wisdom, see our 2009 predictions series from the end of last year, where he was a featured pundit.

This Week on the GigaOM Show: StumbleUpon’s Garrett Camp

Want tips on how to move to the Valley, take funding, and flip your startup for $75 million in under two years? Watch this week’s episode of “The GigaOM Show” with StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp. With a little prodding from startup lawyer and co-host Joyce Kim, Camp gets down to the nitty-gritty of stock options and the merits of angel funding. And GigaOM Managing Editor Carolyn Pritchard will be pleased to note that Camp is a fellow Canadian. Happy Boxing Day in advance!