The sessions are scheduled. The speakers are lined up. EntreFEST 2015, Iowa’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs and innovators, is happening over the next several days in Iowa City.
But there’s one event in particular where you have the opportunity to share knowledge and passion with the world. I’m happy to be hosting a miniature barcamp event from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday (RSVP here).
Barcamp events are a worldwide phenomenon, and have been in Iowa since 2008. Come present or simply take part in what will be one of EntreFEST’s most interesting, entertaining and sometimes unconventional breakout sessions. The best part – it’s crowdsourced and coordinated by YOU.
What is a barcamp? In basic terms, this is the unconference portion of the three-day event where the speaking floor is open to you. Whoever shows up helps sets the agenda. We gather in small groups and have lively and meaningful conversations.
BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference 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 attendees.
Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. Source
Here are my top four reasons to participate in EntreFEST’s barcamp session:
- A relaxed and informal environment – Barcamp is a safe place to share, get feedback and exchange meaningful dialogue. Who knows, you may also make a lasting connection. Also, it’s encouraged that you move around during sessions. No one will think less of you.
- Your time to shine – There is no better opportunity to share your passions and knowledge with the world. Maybe there’s not a topic you’re passionate about on the EntreFEST schedule. Maybe you missed the deadline to speak. Barcamp opens the speaking floor to any and all attendees for 30 minutes.
- Meet interesting and creative people like yourself – People who participate in barcamp events come to learn, share and are driven by a quest for knowledge and learning. In other words, they’re just like you.
- It’s free – It’s true. You don’t even have to be an EntreFEST 2015 attendee to take part in the barcamp session.
I hope to see you Friday in Iowa City.