Geek Party

This year we have a great community bar at the BarCamp venue so so have decided to open it up to all in the evening. If you want to join us for a drink or two, or three, or four then come along in the evening.

Following the ethos of and supported by The Geekest Drink we will be sticking with the format of being a bunch of geeks around a table with beer, but with a few geeky games around the building, and visiting geeks who you would not normally get to meet.

We are officially starting at 7:30, but come whenever you like.

We have a silver screen

Did I mention that one of the benefits of being in a cinema is that we have a very large screen and flashy digital projector allowing us to show from a DVD or laptop? In the evening we will probably throw up a few films from sing-alongs to documentaries. If you have something you would like to watch on the big screen then let us know ASAP and we will try and get permission to show it.

BarCampNorthEast4 in August?

We are provisionally looking in to hold BarCampNorthEast4 on either the 13th/14th or the 20th/21st or August at the Star and Shadow Cinema. This is is a different part of the same building the original BarCampNorthEast was held in in 2008. Lots of people have offered help in the past so if you can help please let us know. We are especially in need of people to ask for and follow up sponsorship this year.

BarCampNorthEast3 done and dusted

BarCampNorthEast3 is now over and we have just about recovered. A big thank you for coming and making the event the success that it was, and a special thank you to our hosts and sponsors. We could not have done this without the support of the Yahoo! developer network, the Centre for Life, Newcastle science festival, Microsoft and Super Mondays.

I must also take a few moments to thank the many people who contributed by publicising the events. We relied almost entirely on word of month this year and achieved a record attendance of over 80%. There were 44 attendees in total, 21 staying over night, and 29 in on Sunday. If you want to keep in contact with fellow attendees please add your details to the wiki. We have already had lots of positive feedback but please don’t forget to blog about the experience and tell others about how much you enjoyed BarCamp.

Most importantly a big thank you for attending and making the event what it was. Whatever we do to make a BarCamp happen it is the people who come along, give presentations, run session, and generally help out that make it a real success.

There is already talk about BarCampNorthEast4 and I (Alistair) look forward to it. Although it is not hard to organise a BarCamp it is time consuming and realistically it is now too big for one person to organise in their spare time. Because of this I am taking a step back and asking for others who can spare a few hours a week to step forward and at least in part make BarCampNorthEast4 a reality. If you think you can help then please get in touch.

Thank you all once again.