Message from Siasy:
Anyone looking for last minute accommodation in Galway for the barcamp – I’ve a single in a hotel booked for tonight and tomorrow night – but as I can’t attend, I won’t be using the room – it is already paid for.
But person would need to contact me to get the confirmation number / form.
Yes, there will be food at BarCamp Galway; we have ordered lunches for our 70 attendees (two meat options and one vegetarian), and we will have tea / coffee at various points throughout the day :-)
After some brainstorming with Conor and Ed yesterday, we came up with the following “streams” for BarCamp Galway, each of which will be held in one of our three rooms:
- Tales from the Front Line (Share Experiences)
- Boot Camp (Gain Expertise)
- The Great Escape (Breakout Sessions)
So far so good, and we’ve nearly filled all our talk slots (see image below). Don’t worry if you’re a speaker and the chosen time doesn’t suit you as I just assigned slots to see where we stand overall, so it’s still flexible. (Also, we still have the Breakout Sessions room in case we get more talks than slots.)
The “BarCamp Galway” event will be held at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway from 10 AM on the 22nd of September. BarCamp is a technology-focused, informal gathering of people from technical and business backgrounds, where information and experiences are exchanged. The event is geared towards sharing knowledge and learning from others, and there is a policy of encouraging active participation in all discussions.
BarCamp Galway extends from other successful Irish “unconferences”, most recently the BarCamp Dublin and BarCamp Belfast events. The term unconference is used as BarCamp allows anyone to present, and talks can be technical or non-technical. The BarCamp ethos is simply about sharing information, with no overriding theme. Speakers and discussion panel members who have signed up to talk so far include:
- David Lenehan, PollDaddy: creator of the very popular online polling service.
- John Collison, Auctomatic: the young Irish student who along with his brother Patrick received significant venture capital funding from Y-Combinator in Silicon Valley.
- John Breslin, boards.ie: co-founder of Ireland’s largest discussion community.
- Walter Higgins, Pixenate: founder of Sxoop, developers of popular browser-based image editing software.
- Ina O’Murchu, DERI: writer of Galway First’s TechTalk column and speaking about the Social Web.
The event is free and is being sponsored by Microsoft, Blacknight, boards.ie and Logon.ie. If you wish to attend, simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re organising three panels for BarCamp Galway, one or all of which hopefully will appeal to various audiences:
- Academics – “If I’m so smart, why am I being paid so little?” – What it means to be a computer researcher – Organised by Ed
- Practitioners – “I’ve got this great website, but nobody’s using it” – How to grow a community presence – Organised by Ina
- Developers – “Send lawyers, guns and money, Dad” – Issues faced by Irish technology start-ups – Organised by Aidan
Barcamp Galway takes place in DERI this coming Saturday, September 22nd.
DERI is about 1.5 miles from Galway center. It’s located in the IDA industrial park in Lower Dangan, at the end of Newcastle road. It takes about 30 minutes to walk to DERI from the bus or train station.
Below is a map showing DERI’s location. DERI is at point E on the map.
View Map for DERI, Galway
If you are driving, DERI is easy to find. When you arrive in Galway from the Dublin or Limerick road you will encounter a series of roundabouts. Keep following the signs for N59 (Clifden). You will go through a series of roundabouts and will be on a dual carriageway all the way. Keep following the signs for the N59 until you cross over the Quincentenary Bridge. This a large dual carriageway bridge across the river. At the end of the bridge there is a set of traffic lights. Go straight through these and you will reach a roundabout. Take the last exit on the roundabout (signposted N59, Clifden) onto Thomas Hynes Road. At the end of this road there is another set of traffic lights and a T-junction. The road to the left is the N59 for Clifden and to the right is Galway. Go straight through at these lights into the IDA business park. DERI is the first building on the left.