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What is a BarCamp and who are the attendees?

Barcamps are meetups where people come together to learn from each other. The attendees are locals who are interested in learning new things and picking up new skills. The participants decide what topics they want to discuss.

How does one vote for a topic or put up a discussion topic?

As you enter the venue, you will see the topic wall. The participants who are keen on presenting or leading a discussion would have posted their topics on the wall. Take the marker pen and vote for the topics that you like.

If you want to lead a discussion or make a presentation, take the topic sheet from the nearby desk, fill in the details and post it on the topic wall. The attendees will walk around checking out the topics. If they like your topic, they will vote for it. Once you have 20 to 30 votes, we will assign a room and a time slot for you.

What is the format of presentation? How long is each presentation slot?

Each of these presentation slots is 25 minutes long. There is a gap of 5 minutes to help the next presenter settle in. We prefer that you don't make slides - the idea is to have free from discussions. There will be projectors in some of the rooms if you want to show your slides. Come 5 minutes early to set-up your computer etc.

We will post the time-slots and room details once we finalise the topics.

Previous BarCamps in Singapore

The National Library Board hosted us in 2019, 2018 and 2017. The National Art Gallery hosted us in 2016. NUS Enterprise (Block 71) hosted us in 2015. Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) hosted us in 2014. NUS UTown hosted us in 2012. MDA, NUS and Singtel hosted us at their Blk71 incubation centre in 2011. The Singapore City Hall building was the venue (via the National Art Gallery) for the BarCamp in October 2010. Singapore Polytechnic was our host in early 2010. Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) hosted the BarCamp in 2009, Ngee Ann Polytechnic was our host in 2008.

Zero budget and minimal waste

Singapore Barcamp has no sponsors. We crowdsource stationary and equipment. We urge participants to bring their own tumblers for water. We have no banners, no lanyards. We use minimal amount of paper for posting topics and voting. There is no food at the event (sometimes fruit, thanks to generous participants). We post of a list of nearby cafes and restaurants and we urge the participants to explore these with their new found friends.