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Geeks, Makers, and programmers lend me your Inboxes! The eighth annual BarCamp Grand Rapids will be on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Calvin College’s DeVos Communications Center.

To register for free, visit:

New to BarCampGR or want more information? Read on.

What is BarCampGR? 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 five 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 war-driven half of the Grand Rapids area; if people are interested, they will show up at your talk. If they aren’t, they will probably attend one of the other talks during that time.

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, take a look around and get a feel for things. It's a two-day event; come by on Friday, sit in on the 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 again 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, then sign up for the BarCampGR Organizers' Email Group and jump right into the conversation at



   DeVos Communications Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI


Friday, August 23, 2013

   5:00-6:30 PM - Check-in and Dinner
   6:30-7:00 PM - Opening session
   7:00-9:30 PM - Sessions every 1/2 hour
   9:30 PM to midnight - after party 


   Midnight - grilling, all-night hacking, etc at Calvin College
   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 24, 2013

   9:00-10:00 AM - Continental Breakfast
   10:00 AM-12:00 PM - Sessions every 1/2 hour
   12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch
   1:00-4:00 PM - Sessions every 1/2 hour
   4:00-4:30 PM - Closing session
   4:30-5:30 PM - Cleanup

  • Note, despite the 'bar' in BarCampGR, the event doesn't take place in a bar, only the (optional) Friday after-party does.


Name Contact Address Announcement Sent (Date and Initials) Notes
Twitter continuous updates
campers@ list campers/at/ - brousch on 7/12/13
West Michigan .NET User's Group
Grand Rapids Perl Mongers
GRPUG - Grand Rapids Python Users Group - brousch on 7/12/13
GRLUG - Grand Rapids Linux Users Group - brousch on 7/12/13
GR-JUG - Grand Rapids Java Users Group
GRWebDev - brousch on 7/12/13
WMNTUG - West Michigan NT Users Group
GR Drupal private email address
SoftwareGR info@
Michigan Ruby User's Group
Facebook - brousch on 8/2/13 homepage
Ubuntu Michigan LoCo - brousch on 7/12/13
WMLUG - West Michigan Linux Users Group
The Geek Group
West Michigan Small Business Technology User Group - brousch on 7/12/13
Western Michigan University Computer Club 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
BarCamGR SubReddit
BarCamGR Google+ Page
GR Mobile Dev - brousch on 7/12/13
Grand Rapids Cisco Users Group
Kalamazoo Linux
Michigan Open Source Group
Xipherspace (Kalamazoo)
GRMakers - brousch on 7/12/13