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Name Contact Address Announcement Sent (Date and Initials) Notes
Twitter continuous updates Announcement BLR 8/1
campers@ list campers/at/ 8/1 BLR
Michigan!/usr/group BLR 8/17
West Michigan .NET User's Group Casey 8/17
Grand Rapids Perl Mongers 8/20 ATW
Joomla Grand Rapids
GRPUG - Grand Rapids Python Users Group BLR 8/1
GRLUG - Grand Rapids Linux Users Group Casey 8/1
GR-JUG - Grand Rapids Java Users Group DB 8/7
gr web dev Meetup event: BLR 8/1
WMNTUG - West Michigan NT Users Group BLR 8/17
gr-issa Casey 8/17
GR Drupal private email address
SoftwareGR info@ 8/7
Michigan Ruby User's Group
Facebook BLR 8/1
GRAMUG - Grand Rapids Area Macintosh Users Group homepage DB, Jul 10
West Michigan Association of Information Technology Professionals
GRAFUG - Grand Rapids Area FoxPro User Group 8/20 ATW
West Michigan Oracle User's Group BLR 8/17
LLUG No contact info on site.
Michigan Flex User Group
WGD Forum of West Michigan
Ubuntu Michigan LoCo BLR 8/17
WMLUG - West Michigan Linux Users Group Casey 8/17
Northern Michigan .NET Users Group No contact info on site.
The Geek Group
West Michigan Small Business Technology User Group BLR 8/17
Western Michigan University Computer Club 8/20 ATW The email is a small alias for the club's current officers; from there, an officer will forward the information along to their own internal mailing list.
Grand Rapids Testers DB 8/7 DB 8/7 BLR 8/1
BarCamGR SubReddit BLR 8/1
BarCamGR Google+ Page BLR 8/1
GR Mobile Dev BLR 8/17
Grand Rapids Cisco Users Group BLR 8/17
Kalamazoo Linux BLR 8/17
Michigan Open Source Group 8/20 ATW
Xipherspace (Kalamazoo) BLR 8/17

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Geeks, Makers, and programmers lend me your Inboxes! The seventh annual free BarCamp * Grand Rapids is quickly approaching, and you're all invited.

Barcamp is about meeting interesting people, talking about what you want to talk about, and listening to what you're interested in. Subjects of discussion have ranged from web programming and digital photography to computer vision and turkey basting. (No, there wasn't a talk on having a computer visually monitor your turkey, but if you've tried it, you're welcome to report on your experiences!) You see, the talks are not set beforehand, it's you, the attendees, who give BarCampGR direction and content.

What's the format? Presentations are 25 minutes long, with 5 minutes in between. You're welcome to sit in on a presentation or hang around in the lounge and talk; it's all the same with us. If you run a presentation, we don't care how you run it--so long as you don't get us in trouble! Give a monologue, a Q&A or a round table; it's your topic, your presentation, your audience. If people didn't want to spend 25 minutes on your topic, they wouldn't be there.

Don't know what to talk about? Certainly you have some relatively unique experiences. What do you do for a hobby? What's something you managed to fix that you're proud of? It doesn't matter if the height of your accomplishment is changing your car's oil or if you've wardriven half of the Grand Rapids area; if people aren't interested, they won't show up at your talk. If they are, they will.

But I'm not an expert! Sure you are! If you know the first thing about a subject, you know more than people who don't. And, yes, people who know more than you will probably attend your presentation. Interact with them; you both have something to learn from each other. Chances are, if you're both really interested in a subject, you'll find yourselves looking for each other in the lounge, later.

But perhaps you're...

Shy? That's fine. Come on in, get a look around and a feel for things. It's a two-day event; come by on Friday, sit in on presentations which interest you or hang around in the lounge and network with other people. Perhaps you'll be inspired to talk about something later, or on Saturday. You never really know.

If you'd like to be able to listen, but don't know if you'll have anything to say, you can still...

Help Out On the days of the event itself, we typically need greeters, people to babysit the facility overnight (some folks stay overnight), people to respond to technical issues such as "why won't the projector work with my laptop" and "could someone turn down the lights so we could see the screen?"

We also have a subreddit this year, r/BarCampGR. Use it to ask for certain subjects to be covered. Use it to offer subjects that you can talk about. During the event, use it to have almost-live discussions about things with people who aren't immediately present. After the event, use it to post supplemental materials and ask followup questions. We have a lot of other ways you can keep up to date on BarCampGR news and updates via the following social media outlets:

   * Website:
   * Campers Email List:
   * Twitter: @barcampgr
   * Subreddit:
   * Facebook:
   * Google+:
   * IRC: #barcampgr on Freenode
   * LinkedIn:

Also, if you'd like to help us organize BarCampGR, sign up for the BarCampGR Organizers' Email Group and jump right into the conversation at

So register on the website and come on out to BarCampGR at the DeVos Communications Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI! Here's the schedule:

Friday, August 24, 2012

   5:00-6:00 PM - Check-in and setup
   6:00-7:00 PM - Dinner (catered by Monellis)
   7:00 PM - Kick things off with opening session
   7:30-9:30 PM - Sessions every 1/2 hour
   9:30 PM - after party (sponsored by Collective Idea)


   10:00 PM-whenever the next morning - Camping, all-night hacking, etc.
   Midnight BBQ
   There will be plenty of room to crash on Friday night, so bring a
   sleeping bag. Better yet, bring a tent for the geek base camp.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

   9:00-10:00 AM - Continental Breakfast
   10:00 AM-12:00 PM - Sessions every 1/2 hour
   12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch (Subway)
   1:00-2:00 PM - 5 min Lightning Talks
   2:00-4:00 PM - Sessions every 1/2 hour
   4:00-4:30 PM - Closing session
   4:30-5:30 PM - Cleanup
  • Note, despite the 'bar' in Barcamp, the event doesn't take place in

a bar, only the (optional) Friday afterparty does.