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BarCampLA 7 This Weekend

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Pull up a chair and talk tech this weekend @ BarCampLA this weekend. / Photo by ~db~ via LAist’s flickr pool.
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The tech lover’s “unconference” BarCampLA-7 is being held this weekend (May 2-3) at OTX Research in Culver City. For the uninitiated, BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences for people to share and exchange information in an open environment. The weekends are part party, but are highlighted by intense discussions, demos and interaction from attendees. But unlike corporate conferences where you get talked at, and get bad hotel food for thousands of dollars to boot, BarCamp is free.

But all participants are asked to present or facilitate a session and share information and experiences of the event after the fact using all available web 2.0 tools. Now this aspect may seem daunting to some.

“While BarCamp can seem pretty intense to folks who've never attended one before, the atmosphere is really collegiate and laid back,” said Jason Cosper, one of this year’s organizers. “We strongly encourage folks to participate and one of the more obvious ways to do so is to get up in front of a crowd and talk about a project. But taking an interest in a topic and asking questions of any presenters whose talks you might sit in on is also a fantastic way of taking part.”

In other words, if you feel that you don't have anything to present, just come down and share something anyway. For more information and to register, please visit BarCampLA.