So how did the event go? Douglas Hanks from The Miami Herald wrote about us in the Business section:
So it goes at BarCamp, a sort of viral convention with no schedule, featured speakers, or agenda until the attendees themselves create one. For South Florida's first BarCamp, organizer Alex de Carvalho posted a notice on blogs he and his friends run, as well as a collaborative ''wiki'' Web page dedicated to BarCamps held around the world.
And from this "viral" word of mouth, about 60 people showed up. The format of BarCamp is "open-source" in the sense that anyone can present and indeed everyone is encouraged to participate. We had three areas with projectors and four time slots to present, and of these twelve slots, 11 got filled in:
Besides the presenters listed above and people mentioned earlier, I also met and spoke to Benjamin Li, Jason L. Baptiste, Francisco Martin, Maria de los Angeles Lemus, Danay, Jackie Paz, Caleb Elston, Blaine Zuver, Denise R. Jacobs, Jorge Barroso and Eduardo Henriques.
We are also grateful that some venture capitalists showed up, including from Longworth, Aurora Ventures and H.I.G. This is very reassuring and I hope we'll see you participate in future events.
What's next? We hope to do another BarCamp soon. How soon? It's up to you. And who's "we"? It could be anyone. BarCamps can be run on any theme and anyone can take the initiative. And if anyone would like to do another BarCamp Miami on web/tech/design, please do so. The BarCamp wiki is open to all and the BarCampMiami blog is open to more authors.
We would also like to create a more formal conference, called webpl.us. Why more formal? Because we would like to have speakers from across the US, from Europe and from Latin America present, and when you fly in people and pay for their hotels, you need to ensure attendance, cover your costs and provide your speakers with a forum.
Which brings us back to running a BarCamp. The experience is exhilarating and there is a definite adrenalin rush to organizing one, and it stays in your system. Why? Because after all the preparation, you really don't know if anyone is going to show up ... and BarCamps are all about people.
And everyone that showed up have each other to thank for making the event so enjoyable.
See you soon, I hope!
Here are some links:
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Looks like we'll have a rockin' blogger dinner in Miami on Feb. 7th at Town and it'll be great to meet locals as well those traveling here for the We Media conference. There are only a few places left, if you'd like to sign up (for this dinner I'm helping organize).
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These are 2000 random bloggers who signed up to appear with their pictures. It includes A-, B- and C-list bloggers. Of course, most of the other people I recognize are A-listers and they appear near the top of the list, meaning they were first to sign up.
So do A-listers get wind of such memes first? Or is it because a couple of A-listers decided to sign up for this that this became a meme in the first place? How many B- and C-list bloggers passed by this page without signing up until some better know blogger did (and blogged it)?
I would like to see the distribution of bloggers who joined this effort according to the their Technorati rank. And talking about rank, besides appearing next to a very smiley crowd, this project has dramatically improved the rank of participants. By the time Brian issued his mini-blog challenge, my rank was already shooting up.
There's a separate question in here about what made A-listers sign up for this pictorial in the first place?
If you want to see the rest of the pictorial with links to each blogger, click below; but it may take a long time to load.
For some reason, it seems like the geek dinners had a disappointing turnout, despite the free wine. Maybe it's because the first one was called "Le Geek c'est chic" and you had to dress all in white for it ... and the second one was to watch the last episode of the Apprentice? There may have been another attempt, at Tobacco Road, not sure.
Be that as it may, Scrapblog, where I work, is organizing (but not hosting) a dinner, for bloggers ... yes, in Miami, down by Sunset. Most of the attendees are from out of town and have arrived for the We Media conference (discount code here). There are only a few places left, if you'd like to come.
Oh, and there may even be some local bloggers there ... But we won't mention that :)
Check out the redesigned webpl.us site, which I co-author. Brian Breslin and Antonio Garcia made a visually striking, outstanding design. It's a three-column layout with a fourth column for the tagline, running vertically up and down the left side. Despite all the columns, the site does not feel busy and the main content column became more readable than under the old design, which wasn't bad but still had a conventional feel.
Brian uploaded a year's worth of posts from his webimpressario blog and pointed the domain to webpl.us, which immediately brought up the Webpl.us Google pagerank to a cool 4. The Technorati rank also shot up by half a million in a couple of days, after the changes.
As Webplus finds its way, there may be more changes, including get-togethers, new events and local workshops. In the meantime, webpl.us is hosting the BarcampMiami site, which will be held on February 21st at the UM School of Communications (I'm helping to organize this event).
Brian, along with Kim Grinfeder, Nick Dominguez, Carlos Garcia (with whom I work), Monica Betancourt, among others, have done so much to highlight and encourage the web/tech in Miami and I expect I'll be talking much more about them and related upcoming events in Miami, of which there are many.
My, how things have changed from this time last year ... !
Geektastik Monica Betancourt, Technology Geek for the Max Borges Agency, will speak about "PR
2.0" for RefreshMiami and the UM PRSSA at what promises to be a well-attended event at the UM SoC Common Grounds Courtyard.
Don't know what's wrong with PR? Then please read Stowe Boyd's great rant on PR in "Enough Already: Getting Social Media All Wrong":
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Signed by Hugh!
Unfortunately I missed the event but a friend came back with this signed t-shirt. Love it. Thanks, Hugh!
And no, I won't sell it on eBay.
Update from Andrew, who together with Andreas and Torben kindly got this t-shirt signed for me: "I'm a big Hugh fan too - but had never met him before. Seems like a great guy (we had a beer with him and Ross Mayfield on the last day of the conference)".
I would like to wish a very happy holiday season to friends who have shared moments with me as well as to those who I don't know but who have stopped by to read from this blog or who have subscribed to my feeds.
May 2007 bring you a step closer to your dreams.
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