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Barcamplondon4 – 120 geeks and 500 bottles of beer

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Thanks very much for visiting my blog. Always happy to have people read my stuff but just thought I should point out this post is years old. If it's about technical stuff there is a possibility that it is no longer relevant, if it's a bug report/fix I'm hoping that it should now have been fixed.

Of course if this is what you're looking for and it does work then great, just don't say I didn't warn you...

This time last week I was getting ready for the second day of barcamplondon4 by having a nice cool beer on our roof terrace, which with the awesome weather turned out to be the massive hit I hoped it would be.

The same I hope could be said for the whole of barcamplondon4. After the ticketing problems (though I would like to add this was more down to the fact that too many people wanted to attend than there was space for) I wanted to ensure that a good show was put on and all feedback that I have heard and read points towards this. The back network is filling up nicely with content so I’d say the best place to look for such stuff is there.

The GCap brand rooms rocked, the food was good (even the slightly cold pizza), the beer was drunk, the comedians funny and all talks seemed to go down well, even mine on running barcamps which I have to admit I did while running on empty and notes from which you can find at Jure Cuhalev’s site. Good news is that the bulk of this could soon make it’s way into an article at digital web magazine!

If there is one thing that I’d like people to take away from barcamplondon4 it’s the name we call it. BarCamps have been described as an ‘un-organised conference’ and having now done one I can say that this term is a load of bollocks; there is a ton of organising to do! Moving forward I’d like them to be called ‘user-generated conferences’ but lets see how this picks up.

Podcasts

From what I could see we managed to get good recordings done on all the sessions. But with work commitments I’ve not done as much work on getting these up as I would have liked. Keep your eyes on this site though as they will be published soon and if anyone would like to help make it faster please get in touch!

Next barcamp

I was also happy to be able to announce the next barcamp (barcamplondon5) – it’s at eBay’s lovely offices by the Thames in Richmond) and is happening from the 27th September to the 28th. Further details are soon on the way and while I won’t be doing as much work on this as the last I hope to help the guys out in some way or another; they’ve got a great office space so I’m sure it’ll be a blinder!

Final conclusions

So yeah, that was barcamplondon4. I’ve said it a thousand times before but thank you to everyone who attended, all GCap people who came down to help and present, all the team in the Capital Building and all our lovely sponsors (Osmosoft, WeLoveLocal, eBay Partner Network, Imagination and Skills Matter) – you really made it awesome; though it maybe didn’t look it I really did enjoy every second.

I have a number of t-shirts left (XL only) so if you’d like one drop me a line or a comment here – I’ll see what I can do to get you one :>