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Venue Secured, Date Set, and our first Sponsor!

So, we finally secured our first sponsor, who has gladly given us use of their offices, thank you Gumtree!! Huge thanks to @cyberdees and @jonin60seconds, who have both managed to twist Gumtree managements arm into letting us hold our first ever TweetCamp in their offices 😉 They’ve also now joined the “organising committe”, which at present consists of me

(Farhan), Dee’s’, and Jon.

So, we’ve got Gumtree’s Offices in Richmond as our Venue (Right near the River, in Whittaker House, and only 10 minutes walk from the Richmond Train and Tube Station).

The date is 27th June 2009.  TweetCamp will be running from 10am till 6pm, and then we’ll probably be heading off someplace for drinks afterwards.

Now all we need is some lovely sponsors, to make sure we can feed everyone, and keep everyone well stocked with snacks, and food throughout the day 😉  We’ve already got our first food sponsor on board, MyMuesli, who provide custom muesli cereal combinations delivered to your door, and now, we’re on the prowl for more money.  Or to be more exact, more money to buy you all food 😉  We figure it’s not going to be a proper BarCamp without Lunch put on by us, and so we’re putting the word out for sponsors.  If you know anyone that has a company that would like to get profiled, by associating themselves with TweetCamp, then do get in touch.  Ideally you can tweet us, or you can drop Jon an email at (jon.bishop [at] gumtree [dot] com ) 😉

We decided to keep TweetCamp to a one day event, seeing as it’s the first time we’re running it, but after this, if there’s the interest in running more of them, then there will definitely be more great events like this to look forward to 😉

As well as sponsors for food, if you have prizes, or gifts that you’d like to contribute, we know that the schwag bags will definitely be that much more exciting with some wonderful goodies thrown in from a few more sponsors.  And we’re planning on having competitions and games throughout TweetCamp, so if there’s any donors or sponsors out there that would like to donate a few prizes they’ll all be gratefully accepted for the event too.

Now the only bits we need to make this event a thriving success, is you as participants, and a few volunteers to help make sure everything runs smoothly, upto, during, and after the event 😉  The first batch of tickets has already gone out, with all 50 that were released being taken up with a matter of hours.  Which is pretty impressive, given that we didn’t actually announce them too far in advance.  The next 50 tickets, will all be released next week, only this time we’re going to be spreading them out to 10 tickets per day, at different times of the day. The hope is that it means more people will get a chance to get hold of a ticket, and it gives everyone a fair chance to grab a ticket. (Your best bet is to keep an eye out for announcements on @tweetcamp, since we’ll always announce the tickets before releasing them on http://tweetcamp.eventbrite.com)

In the meantime, keep an eye out for more news from us via the twittersphere, this blog, or the wiki, where we’ll try to co-ordinate all the participants, and start coming up with some interesting ways of stimulating discussions, on the day 😉

But please remember, that a BarCamp, is a co-creative event.  Everyone that comes is both a participant, as well as a presenter.  And with that in mind, we really want you to think about what you want to take away from the event, and what you want to contribute to the event yourself.  It’s not just about what you take away, it’s also about what you give 😉

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June 5, 2009 Posted by | TweetCamp | 1 Comment

Why TweetCamp is not just another BarCamp

So, there’s been some interesting discussions, that I’ve been having with BarCampers, around TweetCamp.  Some have been talking about how they already know all the people they follow on twitter, and don’t need to meet them in person, others that there isn’t necessarily a need to organise an entire BarCamp, and that we should have an even more informal, unstructured, get together in a park and just talk.

In response to those ideas and suggestions, and feedback, I just want to say thank you.  It’s all very useful, and helps make clearer what TweetCamp isn’t and why it probably isn’t going to be the same as a BarCamp.

Just to clarify, for people that might be new to all this, “Camp” stuff – BarCamp has been defined as:

“an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event.”

which in essence is what we’re trying to accomplish.  However, whilst the spirit of BarCamp is this open, self-organising nature of an event, the reality of the experience of BarCamps in London, has been that it primarily draws together people working with technology, or deeply interested in technology, and so you have a large proportion of geeks, hackers, hard core techies, and very few “regular” people, who aren’t interested in becoming one of those..

In contrast to the mainstream BarCamp community, TweetCamp is all about conversations, debates and discussions.  And when I say that, I don’t mean like Social Media Camp, which focuses on discussions around Social Media, and the use of Social Media, and related technologies.  No, I’m talking about sitting around and just having a good old fashioned barney, a natter, a chinwag.  It’s about finding things that you have in common with people that you already know, loosely, through twitter, but perhaps never had the chance to spend a few hours hanging out with and chatting to, without getting drunk, and partying in the process.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, we enjoy it as much as the next person 😉 We just want to be able to have time for more conversations in person, whilst we’re sober too 😉

TweetCamp is a bit of an experiment, in that we don’t believe anything like this has ever happened before.  A point that was raised during the excellent Media140 event organised by Ande (known as @dailytwitter) was how tools like twitter really work best, when re-inforced with in person meetings with the people you’re talking virtually with.  So seizing on the opportunity to bring approx 150 people together, who may or may not know each other through twitter, let’s see what happens when we bring together a group of people loosely connected by nothing more than the conversations they have in common.

June 5, 2009 Posted by | TweetCamp | Leave a comment

TweetCamp, some existing discussions on the topic..

In the spirit of collaboration, and in an effort, to connect with other people who have already talked about, experienced, or created successful TweetCamps, I took a look through the webosphere, and courtesy of Google found the following interesting starting points:

Two blog posts:

Presenting, Chennai TweetCamp!
– Some initial thoughts and ideas from the Bangalore Twitter community
BlogCamp & TweetCamp(ing) in the house. – TweetCamp referring to Twitterers Camping out!

And two status updates:
@migueldeicazaat tweet camp. the new hot thing
@gregoryhellerTweetcamp with @edibleoffice in santacruz http://twitpic.com/hj21

We’ve started the conversation with the indians about co-ordinating something locally in Bangalore at the same time, and @santoshp has offered to help..

There’s also been the idea to “use TweetCamp, as a Twitter campaign, meet ur twitter friends on day 1, recruit new twitter users day 2”

That’s just some of the ideas to get the ball rolling.. since two days of twitter peeps sounds like a great opportunity to meet people in person, but then also have some kind of contest, or something to do, once we’re together.. What do you think?? What would you like to get out of a TweetCamp? Can we use something like TweetCamp to bring entire communities of our friends upto speed, and into the Twitterverse? Or do we want to focus more on deepening our relationships, with people we already know, through twitter, but haven’t met in person?

It’s our event, so let’s decide together what we want to do?? Comment below, on the Wiki, on facebook, on your blog with a trackback.. let’s get the conversation flowing.. What would you like to do with two days, of realtime conversations with your tweeple?

December 17, 2008 Posted by | Global TweetCamp Community, Ideas and Suggestions, Organising, TweetCamp Links | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Welcome to TweetCamp

So, after a wonderful Twinterval organised by @amanda and @girlonetrack – the desire to have “more time” to be able to talk with more of the twitter friends, and put more names to faces, meant we all started talking this morning about having possibly a “longer” event.. Out of that idea, the suggestion for a TweetCamp got bounced as an idea, and landed with a few solid responses.. enough to make it worth having the conversation about it.. So starts this blog, set up to help bring the conversations from the wiki (http://barcamp.org/TweetCamp), the twitterverse (http://twitter.com/tweetcamp), and in person, all into one place! Oh, forgot the Facebook Group too.. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=70522766112

so begins the conversation.. in yet another place 🙂

December 17, 2008 Posted by | General Information | , , , , | Leave a comment