BarCamp Cameroon is the biggest annual gathering of passionate individuals from all fields of the digital and technology society: entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, bloggers, journalists, activists and students. It’s a meeting of forward-thinking minds coming together to discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges we face in this technological era. Barcamp is dubbed a « non » because of its informal format and on the spot scheduling. We see Barcamp as a combining platform between Cameroon's tech and civil society.
The event focuses on the latest innovations in terms of internet applications, free software and social networks in Cameroon and Africa.
In general, a Barcamp is a non-conference, a conference which is not very conventional. It is free and open to the public. Subscription is mainly online and a Barcamp is organized as a participatory workshop-event.
Content (presentations or projects) is provided by participants, who in their own way bring in something new to the Barcamp. Thus, the principle which governs all Barcamp is : "No spectator, all participants. "
The Barcamp has three major objectives:
Theme : "Digital Ocean"
We are between the web 3.0 era and the 4.0 era now in the world, an era called THE DIGITAL TIME. In fact, 2010 years are representing the period of the development of Internet in which everything is based on tools, services and applications as free as possible. Now we are talking about wise web, interactive web and meaningful web. And Cameroon as world is also involved in this era.
It's for this reason that the theme of this year in terms of how to use technology and web tools and applications ought to assure a successful economic progress and development. By the way of digitalisation of Cameroon, Kribi city in the Ocean Department in South Region of Cameroon is also concern. Why: It's one of the best touristic town in Cameroon and it's situated near the Atlantic Ocean. The theme “Digital Ocean” was choose to improve Tourism by IT and web issues.
The name "Barcamp" is a playful allusion to the event's origins, with reference to the hacker slang term, foobar. The first Barcamp was held in Palo Alto, California, from August 19-21,2005, in the offices of Social text. It was organized in less than one week, from concept its till event was held, with 200 attendees. Since then, Barcamp have been held around the world, in United States of America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
The Barcamp is organised primarily through the web, using what might be called the communication tools of Web 2.0. Specifically, Barcamp depend, on to the goodwill of the organizers, the generosity of sponsors, from loan facilities and the provision of a reliable internet connection, to drinks and meals.
All participants are encouraged to submit a project or help with a presentation or intervention. To prepare the Barcamp and enable a good monitoring, it is advisable to register in advance the topics one would like to discuss at the Barcamp wiki page. Anyone can initiate a Barcamp, using the Barcamp wiki or can create his/her own branch.
The Barcamp 2014 will take place throughout the day on Saturday, December 6th 2014. The appointment is scheduled to host four sessions:
- 1. Digital Tourism and web 3.0
- 2. ITC4D
- 3. Coding Sessions
- 2. Free topics
In order to have an attractive content, the call for proposal submissions is open as well. No need to be a genius or be of a certain social class to speak during the Barcamp.
Send your topic proposals to the following addresses: groups.google.com/group/barcampcameroon and email@example.com
NB: Applications from women, developers or not, are eagerly awaited. Topics on culture (heritage preservation, arts: literature, cinema, music, tourism, national languages, agribusiness ..) will be considered primarily this year.
You can register for this event freely. The principle is simple once you receive a confirmation of your registration; you have to print the ticket sent in your mail box and bring it along during that day.
The first Barcamp in Cameroon was held on November 7, 2009 in Douala at hotel Meridien under the theme « Digital dreams ». On June 12th, 2010, it is the Djeuga Palace hotel of Yaounde which had the honour to host the second round of Barcamp Cameroon. “This is our land” the theme was found to allow the IT community of Cameroon to reaffirm her origins and to channel the debates towards development. In 2011, AppsTech Douala took over for the third edition named "The Future is Mobile."
Practically, the three first editions gathered nearly 300 people. They included a beginning and a closing presentation and parallel workshops in various halls. Each workshop was led by a moderator whose mission was to manage a list of suggested topics sent in advance by the Cameroon Barcamp community. The presentation of each project took 3 to 5 minutes. Attendees could then discuss it openly for 10 minutes.
In May 19th, 2012, we contemplated the future of Cameroon and Africa with a return to our roots."Valuing Our Culture with ICT" was the credo of the 4th edition. In the same year , one regionalised Barcamp took place in Maroua in the Far North of Cameroon on October 13rd, 2012. The MarouaCamp theme was “ICT serving the community”. Few months later, on February 16th 2013, a second regionalized Barcamp called NdereCamp was held on the theme “ICT for decentralized communities, In Ngaoundere, Adamawa region.
In October 26th ,2013, the precedent edition of Barcamp Cameroon designated as “Made In Cameroon” was organized in Buea, South West Cameroon..
Do you wish to be a partner or a sponsor in organising this event? It’s so easy, just contact us at : firstname.lastname@example.org
We will forward the 2014 sponsorship file and remain at your disposal for further inquiry.
1- They have joined us this year : Google / Drimp Academy, Ingenieris
2- They have already trusted us in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 : Mtn Cameroon, Ringo SA, Google, ActivSpace, Goethe Institut-Kamerun, Mosaïques, CAMAC, Pulse, ZoomOps, Ingenieris, Dotcom, Appstech, Limbelabs, VLP Open source, Altis, 24labs, Afrovision group, IYam.Mobi, Kerawa.com, Koutchoumi, Africa 2.0, OPENSOLUTIONS Cameroun,Africonline, Maneno, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb France, Air France, Mobile Money Cameroun…