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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

BarCamp Dallas

I've grown sick of my own whinging about the lack of a technology community here in Dallas and have decided to do start doing something about it. The first step was the Future Development Kit podcast, the second step is to see about getting us a BarCamp.

Now, you might say (as did several people on the #barcamp irc channel when I brought up the idea), Austin would be a much better place to have a BarCamp. It has a thriving technology community, and it's cooler. Which is true. But I live in Dallas, not Austin. That people think of Austin first is an indication that Dallas needs a BarCamp more than Austin does. Plus, although we have fewer geeks-per-capita, we have a bigger population, and thus more geeks total.

So how about it, North Texas geeks and geekettes? Volunteers? Attendees? Suggestions for venues? Suggestions I'm crazy? Respond here, or email barcamp at distributopia.com

Update: http://barcamp.org/index.cgi?BarCampDallas

tags:blog, november, 2005, barcamp, dallas, barcampdallas, texas, conference, community, unconference

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we are in... (I edited the barcamp page)

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What incredible timing! I was just arguing for the same last week with local geeks. I produce CocoaRadio from Dallas and am envious of the Bay Area web boom and *camps. I'm looking forward to locking in a date for this event.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I signed up, but you might want to check out Refresh Dallas. (www.refreshdallas.org). We're a little more design and web standards focused than deep technology, but it's a start. Our first meeting had a turnout of around 50, and we're only expecting things to get bigger.

3:35 PM  
Blogger cks said...

Garrett, instead of a "but" I should check out Refresh, I see an "and." I don't think they compete at all, since BarCamp is an event, while Refresh is a continuing group. I planned to check out the first meeting, but something else came up. I'm sorry I missed it.

6:46 AM  
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