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BlogCamp Mumbai Sept 2012 at MPSTME – REDUX!

Update 2: And the event is back! Called BlogCamp Redux, here’s their event page.

I didn’t have a chance to say this earlier but BlogCamp is a movement, not the sole property of a small group. It doesn’t matter who the organizers are, so long as the events happen. Everyone who expressed an interest in being there, make sure you make it to MPSTME tomorrow! It looks like it’ll be a great event!


Update 1: This event has been cancelled due to internal issues. BlogCamps will happen in the future, hopefully under better circumstances. Stay posted!


After a gap of 2 years, BlogCamp Mumbai is back! New and improved like the space, this time it’s not just about blogs. We’re going to be talking about online communities, social tools and all the ways that public conversations happen.

What’s BlogCamp?

For the uninitiated, BlogCamp is an unconference, along the lines of BarCamp. An unconference is an open forum, a space to discuss what’s happening and connect with other day people who’re playing with the social media. Unconferences really are about fun and people. This is a great place for interesting conversations and meeting people. You may see a few friends there and perhaps people you follow or read but have never spoken to.

The day will progress through 15-minute sessions, happening in parallel, in different rooms. These sessions will be timed strictly, to ensure everyone has a say.  Anybody can volunteer to take a session, so long as they have something interesting to say about this space. You can choose to attend any session. You can also interrupt, add to, argue with the speaker and the rest of the audience. And finally, you can walk out anytime you like.

What’s going to happen at BlogCamp (and not)?

Unconferences are traditionally free-flowing, unmoderated events. However, in order to keep the event interesting, we’re going to ask that speakers AVOID the following:

  • Commercial agendas
  • Professional networking talks
  • Sales pitches

But you can speak about anything related to:

  • Blogging
  • Use of other social media services
  • Social networks
  • Online communities
  • Anything else in the social space

Who can attend?

BlogCamp is an open forum and welcomes anybody who’d like to spend a Sunday walking  baround, talking to and listening to random people and ideas about the social space. You don’t have to be a blogger, tweeter or a social media professional. You don’t have to have attended a blogger meet or a tweet-up before. Honest, even if you think pins and pokes are painful things, you’re still welcome. If you read blogs, if you follow Twitter, if Youtube is your guru or if you just like conversations, come down and spend Sunday with a bunch of others who do.

I’m in! How do I participate?

Date: Sunday, 9 September 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Mukesh Patel School of Technology, Management and Engineering,
Along the Mithibai-NM college road, Vileparle West, Mumbai

BlogCamp is a free event. If however, you’d like to take a session, drop us a comment at the Facebook Event. We’ll get in touch to confirm the details. Or just turn up and take a chance at getting a free slot on the whiteboard at the venue.

BarCamp Mumbai On 19 Feb @ MPSTE, VileParle West

All of 2011 went by without my being able to be part of a single unconference. Which is why I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Sunday, 19th February 2012, will see the first BarCamp Mumbai of 2012.

Image via Wikipedia

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of unconferences, these are completely democratic gatherings of minds, coming together to share and discuss their ideas on various things. BarCamp in its early days, was an open forum on technology, especially the IT & networking end of it. BlogCamp emerged as a specialized community from within the BarCamp framework. This space has seen much discussion and evolution through the course of various BlogCamps.

I’m going to be attending a BarCamp after nearly 4 years. The agenda has evolved considerably, to keep up with what’s hot and new in thinking minds. A quick look at the sessions list promises that the day will touch on restaurant reviewing, origami, online communities, yoga, urban commuting and graphology among other things. These will continue to be added on, as more participants sign up.

Here are the things you can do at BarCamp:

  • Listen to speakers talk about their pet subjects
  • Interrupt with questions, opposition or related thoughts
  • Juggle between sessions, rooms & speakers, walking in and out whenever you like
  • Hear your favorite temperamental blogger speak
  • Talk about something that you like
  • Connect with other people with similar interests, tastes or opinions
  • Have a lot of fun!

And just in case you missed the bold, underlined hint above, I’m going to be addressing a session on something close to my heart these days – Social Content. 🙂

Here are the details:

BarCamp Mumbai February 2012

Date: Sunday, 19 February 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Mukesh Patel School of Technology, Management and Engineering,
Along the Mithibai-NM college road, Vileparle West, Mumbai
Facebook: Confirm your attendance and invite others.
Wiki: Register your session and check out the agenda so far.

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