Reflections on BarCamp Canberra 2010

Last weekend I spent some highly enjoyable day at BarCamp Canberra 2010. I arrived early & was a little greedy with sessions – scooping up 3 of them (I think I will limit myself to 2 in future). The sessions were recorded.

  • The first session was a high-speed small-group discussion that had its roots in the Wicked paper.
  • The second dealt with the cyborg metadata concept (though it got a little detoured into condorcet voting) that will get further worked through in some articles that will come out over the course of this year.
  • The final session talked about ‘sexy software’ and the results of the OzCollab survey.

Aside from my stuff, I was in sessions by James Dellow, Ruth Ellison, Stephen Collins, Craig Tomler and the totally awesome Open Australia crew. The Haiti work from Open Street Map and Andrew Blanda’s Riding for a Cause also deserve a big mention.

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Winston Churchill.

Obviously Government 2.0 (whatever the hell that is) was a hot topic. Kate Lundy & Pia Waugh were in the house. My feeling is that the hype cycle in Australia for this thing peaked at the end of last year with end of the Taskforce. Things will go quiet for a bit – on the surface. Under the surface (like a swimmer kicking furiously) there will be lots of activity. And then we’ll start to see lots of new, cool stuff towards the end of this year.

Many thanks to the (un)organizers for their hard work and the participants for their energy.

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