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BarCamp Canberra #2 – it’s a wrap!

BarCamp Canberra #2 was yet another successful event! There was a great turnout with 71 registered users and other folks dropping in and out through out the day. We had representation from Canberra, Yass, Wollongong, Sydney and Melbourne (did I miss out any other cities?). Two streams were running simultaneousness for most of the day with great presentations running in both rooms.

Who presented?

As I have yet to master the art of splitting my self into two, here’s a quick run down of the talks I heard:

  • David Page introduced us to the concept of the Yubikey – a usb key authentication system. It provides single or two factor authentication and is quite affordable. Catch The Yubikey presentation on slideshare.
  • Rohan Mitchell shared his adventures in online business. My favourite slide from his presentation? Slide 18 The Learning Curve, which involves:
    1. Make something cool
    2. ???
    3. Profit!

    Catch the rest of his Adventures in Online Business on slideshare.

  • One of the highlights was Pamela Fox’s presentation on making the google map for the Victorian bushfires. It was fascinating hearing about the solutions they came up with in the challenging environment, with key issues being the short time frames and lack of open data. It really highlighted the problems we face when data (particularly emergency data) is not made available in formats that enable reuse. Read more on Pamela’s blog post BarCamp Canberra 2: Mapping the Fires.
  • Another highlight was Joseph Gentle‘s presentation on Artificial intelligence. He took a complex subject and made it really easy to understand. Loved it.
  • Craig Thomler took us through his experiences on blogging as a public servant – a very informative presentation.
  • Linda Gehard ran an interactive impromptu workshop on the good and bad of mobile phone design.
  • Darren Menachemson gave an interesting talk about designing out evil, complete with great graphs!
  • Caronne Carruthers-Taylor gave an interesting presentation on her experiences with UX and design. Catch her presentation Change the world with UX: user experience in federal government on slideshare.
  • Dean K held an interesting discussion about the No Clean Feed recent rally and opportunities to influence the decision makers. He also raised the idea that the solutions we propose need to provide a way for Stephen Conroy to save face.
  • Nathanael Boehm introduced us to Resilient Nation Australia.

My presentation

I did a light hearted presentation on The Uncanny Valley:

Find out what else happened

Didn’t make it to BarCamp Canberra #2? You can:


Thanks to the unorganisers (Andrew Boyd, Stephen Collins, Simon Pascal Klein, Nathanael Boehm, Craig Thomler, Rae Buerckner, Darren Menachemson) for putting together a great event and the sponsors (acidlabs, Five Senses Coffee, UX Australia,
Keith Lang, Australian Anthill, Electric Shadows Bookshop).

Can’t wait for BarCamp Canberra #3!

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One Comment

  1. Caronne Caronne

    Thanks for a great post, Ruth.

    The BarCamp Canberra 2 presentations were really interesting which makes it a busy but memorable day with some clever people.

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