Attending my first barcamp in Rome

A couple of my friends were twittering about attending the Barcamp in Kuala Lumpur and that made me curious enough to make a search if there were one being hosted in Rome.

A barcamp is a meet of a group of people where they talk about and share various types of ideas, be it about technology or even about sociology.

Having already attended similar events such as Interesthink, Nexus and Unconference while I was back in Singapore, I was quite pleased to see that we were in time to attend to the one hosted in Rome.

I tried to register for the event as best as my limited knowledge of Italian would let me, and on the day itself, Cart and I got up bright and early and headed to this place called, Antù.

When we reached, it was rather confusing as the address stated Via Giuseppe Libetta, 15 but that turned out to be a housing area.

Barcamp Roma 2010

Luckily for us, there was a student walking out of the house and she very kindly helped to bring us to the right place. Turns out, that it was at 15C not 15!

In any case, we entered a very interesting factory like building and I thought that it was quite a choice place for seminars, seeing how industrial it looked like with the choice of furnishings. I looked at the list of people who will share their information.

Barcamp Roma 2010
There was one of the organizers who approached and talked to us, and that’s when we realised that the event would actually start at 11 am. But that gave us enough time to sit down and compose ourselves. I looked around me. I was surprised to see so little people around. But no matter.

Barcamp Roma 2010

By the way, this was a form that you use to sign up for an hour of internet connection in the building. I found it interesting as compared to Singapore, internet access is easily obtained sometimes even without having to sign up for it.

In any case, after waiting for a while, the first speaker was ready to speak.

Barcamp Roma 2010

I was in a bit of a tangle. Obviously it was in Italian and though I could understand bits and pieces, it was like a jigsaw puzzle to me. Sometimes I could see the picture, and sometimes I was clearly lost. I had to stop Cart every now and then to ask him what was going on.

The first speaker was speaking about how he used technology to aid him in his passion, cycling. He created a site to meet like minded people like him and also created an application that gives advice to cyclists on which route was suitable to cycle on – if there were holes or construction works and likes.

Barcamp Roma 2010

The second speaker from Ninux and he shared about the possibilities of sharing a network. The more the people sharing, the better as it increases the probability of not having to having to pay a subscription fee in the long run. I couldn’t catch everything, so I must have missed some informational details but Cart was very fascinated by this one.

Barcamp Roma 2010

And soonafter it was a break for lunch. The next talk begins at 2pm so Cart and I explored the area to hunt for a place to eat and we found Pastarito. Cart used to bring me here when we were first dating but the branch that we used to go to was closed. So I’ve always kept my eyes opened to see if there were another one.

I was amused to see the picture of the new menu.

Barcamp Roma 2010

But as much as we wanted to spend time at Pastarito, we did not have much time as the clock was ticking and Cart didn’t want to miss listening to the next speakers. I had to gulp down my hot pizza as fast as I humanly could.

Barcamp Roma 2010

Unfortunately when we reached back to antù, the doors were closed shut! Initially thinking that the talk has already started, we banged the door, hoping that someone inside could hear us and let us in. The proprietor opened. Turns out that there was a low participants and the second part of the barcamp was cancelled. 

Barcamp Roma 2010

Nevertheless, I was glad that we managed to catch the first part and I felt a sense of pride that Cart, who has never attended a barcamp before, found it very enlightening. I really hope to attend another one in the future and I sincerely hope that the organizers didn’t feel too disheartened. There wasn’t a lot of people attending, but I’m sure in due time, there will be bigger culture of sharing.

I’d be very happy to help out too

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9 thoughts on “Attending my first barcamp in Rome”

  1. sounds like u had a really good time at barcamp altho u needed translations. hehe. i missed the last one in singapore. 🙁 n couldnt make the KL one..

    i miss going to such events! there’s a lot to learn. 🙂

  2. I wonder if there are anything like this during december. I was hoping to go to one when we were back in Singapore, but I didnt read of anything about it. Would be nice to attend at least one while we are there 🙂

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  4. Oh yay! I hope that there is a seminar or a talk or a barcamp or something in December! I’m not too confident about it though, because December is the time when everyone is having their vacations.

    So it could probably be tough.

    But I’ll keep my fingers crossed anyway 🙂

    Oh and the avatar, I’m not sure .. did you change to another email that isnt linked to a gravatar?

    Lemme check

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