BarCamp North East 3 took place over the weekend, with around 45 attendees and pleasing geographical pull (a fair few ‘campers’ caught early trains from around the country).
It had a different feel to BCNE2. The environment was a bit more formal and there didn’t seem to be as much in the sessions that I connected with- though a good tip of the hat should go to Tim Nash’s talks (“PayPal Hacks” / “Get off Your Arse”), Richard Hyett’s “Dashboards” and Harry Palmer’s introduction to his eccentric work.
Sadly I couldn’t stay for the breakout sessions (since I’d booked in for 3D Disco)- and, as such, missed some of the livelier action and a bunch of night-owl attendees.
Nevertheless, It was an entertaining weekend, with engaging people – and left me energised and buzzing with thoughts.
I hosted a couple of sessions, and was pleased that both were well attended:
An attempt to pull ideas to find out how people best foster their creativity / problem-solving. Particularly interesting to me were people’s attempts to catalyse the subconscious- thinking very hard about a problem before going to bed; listening to a single looped tune; and distracting the conscious mind deliberately. I’d like to have explored much deeper, and in a few different directions, but time ran away.
“80s Videogamers Anonymous”
A fun session – a little early for the ‘late-session’ style, but I pressed on regardless. We started with a bit of nostalgic confessional, before moving on to an ‘A-Z’ of 80′s videogames knock-out and a “What am I?” game styled on daytime TV favourite, ‘Going for Gold’. Bubble Bobble stickers were won, mostly by Ian Pouncey and Chris Neale. Ian took the grand prize too – a Space Invader keyring (yes, yes, that’s 1978, I know!!)
Huge thanks to Alistair for his masterful organisation of the event; Newcastle’s Centre of Life for hosting; Yahoo and Microsoft for sponsorship.
Looking forward to BarCampNE4… :)
(Partial) Attendance List
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- Alex Kavanagh (@ajkavanagh)
- Alistair MacDonald (@alistair, Alistair’s blog)
- Brian Degger (@sctv)
- Caroline Mockett (@cazm)
- Chris Neale (@onion2k)
- Christiano Betta (@cbetta)
- Danni Matzk (@Dannilion)
- David Batty (@DavidBatty)
- Dom Hodgson (@TheHodge, The Hodge)
- Eric Nelson (@ericnel)
- Harry Palmer (Harry Palmer)
- Ian Pouncey (@IanPouncey)
- James Rutherford (me!, @jtruk, @designnewcastle)
- Lee Cann (@leeky)
- Martin Cunningham (@martin88)
- Melinda Seckington (@mseckington, Miss Geeky)
- Mr Duck (@duck365)
- Neil Crosby (@NeilCrosby)
- Peter Bull (@RoguePlanetoid)
- Rebecca Parker (@Rebecca_Parker)
- Rich Quick (@richquick)
- Richard Hyett
- Tim Nash (@tnash, Tim Nash)