What is TrendCamp?

TrendCamp is a user-generated conference focused on exploring “What’s next.” What’s next for our education, our industries, our cities, the country, the world, the self? By opening discussion of these questions to our peers we can start to develop the answers.TrendCamp believes the community is the best tool available to predict, analyze, and create the future.

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TrendCamp broke out of BarCamp Philly 2 and is a mini-BarCamp style conference.

What is a BarCamp?

According to BarCamp.org, a BarCamp “is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event.” In a word, a BarCamp is whatever its participants decide it will be.

When you come, be prepared to share with barcampers.

When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.

So how will this work?

Like a BarCamp, participants will start the event determining the schedule. All participants are encouraged to come with an idea they’d like to present or lead a discussion on, and we’ll supply index cards for participants to write down their panels and place them on the schedule grid. The schedule will be broken into forty minute session blocks.

Once the schedule has been determined the event organizers will kick things off with a short welcome and the schedule will be made easily accessible for participants throughout the event. Everyone is encouraged to attend and actively participate in as many sessions as they can; if you feel like a session isn’t what you expected then you’re encouraged to go check out another session instead.

We’d love to offer food and drinks at the event and follow up with an After Party. If you’re interested in helping make TrendCamp nourishing to the body and liver as well as the mind let us know that you’d like to be a sponsor!

What topics are appropriate for TrendCamp?

The primary goal of TrendCamp is the discussion of “what’s next;” not just in technology but in culture, communities, government, and society. We can discuss what the next big thing 6 months from now will be, or how things will be different in the year 2110. If it could happen, it’s appropriate for TrendCamp. If you’re not sure your topic idea could actually happen or is appropriate for this event, let us know with a comment or ask us on Twitter @TrendCamp and we’ll help figure it out!

Helpful Hints for Presenters, Attendees, and Interested Parties

TrendCamp is NOT a place to promote your product or services to a captive audience.

TrendCamp IS a place to promote discussion about what you think the next big thing will be, what challenges you foresee for your industry in the future and how you think these challenges can be addressed, or what great big idea you think can change the world.

If you are planning a presentation and this is your first time presenting at an unconference, here are some helpful hints (via barcamp.org):

  • A presentation is a lot like a conversation where the other side can hardly get a word in edgewise. Here are a few tips to help the conversation go more smoothly.
  • Think about the four to seven most exciting and/or important points about the topic.
  • Write the points on index cards, one point per card.
  • Practice telling people about these points.
  • As you practice, you will come up with interesting notes on the points. Scribble these on the card.
  • Add in a card to introduce yourself.
  • Add in a card to remind people to ask questions (during or at the end or both)
  • Bring business cards (or something) to give people so that they can reach you.
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  1. I have updated my posting to include the videos I was unable to show during my session..

    http://www.localfunguide.com

    http://localfunguide.blogspot.com/2010/02/retro-future-trendcamp-2010.html

    Thanks for joining and contributing to my session.

    Mark

  2. Here are my thoughts on the event, with a few photos.

    http://envizualize.com/blog/2010/02/27/trendcamp-wrapup/

    Really enjoyed this event. Great people, great energy.

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