I was fortunate to attend the recent BarCamp Philadelphia 2013 event held at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. For those who have never heard of this annual event it’s a crowd-sourced, user driven “unconference” where attendees gather to learn, teach, and share ideas on all sorts of topics – from design, technology, user experience, etc. This was the 6th year for BarCamp Philly (and my 4th year attending), and it was just as great as the previous years.
The biggest challenge when attending BarCamp is deciding which sessions to attend. There were nearly 50 different sessions at this year’s day-long event, which made it nearly impossible to narrow it down to just a few I wanted to check out. This was also my first year speaking at BarCamp, which I’ll discuss a bit more momentarily.
A few notable talks I was able to sit in on include a session on “Storytelling” and the importance in digital marketing as well as in our daily lives, a heated discussion on “Managing, Mentoring & Hiring” in which attendees talked about the challenges of finding the right candidates to bring on as new hires, and an almost group-therapy type session on overcoming one’s own fears. The very eclectic list of sessions this year can be viewed here: http://s.barcampphilly.org/events/19/event_dates/18
This year also marked the first time I spoke at a BarCamp session, which was very exciting. I was joined with my friend Sloan Miller, head of Operations and Outreach at P’unk Ave, to give our audience of account managers, designers, and freelancers some tips on client/project management. The greatest thing about speaking at BarCamp Philly is being able talk about something you’re passionate about, and having the benefit of getting feedback from the talented, insightful folks that come out to be a part of it. I definitely learned a lot, and can’t wait to do it again.
If you have the opportunity to check out BarCamp Philly next year, I highly recommend it. http://2013.barcampphilly.org/