So, hurrah. BarCamp. What a great experience :)
Lots of smart people all together, and so friendly! The whole weekend had a great energy to it and the guys who organised it should be heartily congratulated.
One thing bothered me a little tho, and that was the ‘geekiness’ demarcation.
Apparently if you’re into UCD or Usability or – heaven forbid, marketing, you’re not a geek. Only uber-programming types are nerds apparently. And, just maybe, Flash-ers…
It’s kind of strange… because in my non-BarCamp life, I get the geek/nerd label all the time. Gosh, I thought just turning up to BarCamp was a pre-qualifier.
I though I’d look it on on Wikipedia. Here’s what they’re currently agreeing to:
… a person who is fascinated, perhaps obsessively, by obscure or very specific areas of knowledge and imagination, usually electronic or virtual in nature.
I think it’s fair to say that definition covers just about everyone who attended BarCamp. Not just the ones who cut code. So, perhaps let’s not use the term in an exclusionary way.
I’m not sure where this idea has come from that people who don’t do the hard core technical stuff for a living are somehow afraid of people who do.
Or that we find the incomprehensible.
Or that we don’t want to and enjoy hanging out with them.
Or that we couldn’t learn something from them.
Or that, who knows, they might even learn something from us.
I can only speak for myself, but I think that’s rubbish.
Can we stop it please and just all play nicely because I thought that the diversity and the togetherness were two of the best bits of BarCamp.
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