Hey – nice to meet you!

We’re Barcamp Non-profits, barcampNFP for short. We bring together people from Tech & Digital with people from Non-profits (charity, academic, gov, arts & culture etc) to exchange ideas and learning. We do this through completely free, volunteer led events – they’re inspired by barcamp unconference rules so involve informal sessions, creative collaborations and hands-on workshops. We’re convinced from past experience that this benefits all those involved!

Our first event took place in November 2010 so we’re now a few years old with a number of events under our belt. We’re still growing and looking for more leads to setup local BarcampNFP’s all around the globe.  If you’d like to get involved in any way (organiser, volunteer, sponsor or attendee) please get in touch. We look forward to seeing your ideas and welcoming you to the team.

BarCamp Non Profits – London FEB 2012 – Sylwia Presley from FireFly Photofilms on Vimeo.

Why did we start?

There are lots of events for digital industry professionals, and many for nonprofits too – but we felt there was a gap between the two worlds.

Barcamp Nonprofits was born out of this gap and the desire to create a dialogue between the sectors. We wanted to brake the boundaries of industry slang in both areas of work – help nonprofits understand the world of digital and help geeks speak the language of 3rd sector and public sector organisations.

It was important to us that we created a space where everyone could contribute, leaving their day to day hat at the door, somewhere with no hard sell and no expectations of free work. This is why we chose an unconference format – not a Social Innovation Camp, not a hackaton. Everyone is welcome and the only expectation is to PARTICIPATE on the day.

Because of our strong belief that cross-sector sharing is where the value lies – we decided to break a few of the traditional barcamp rules. We added a teeny tiny bit more structure, for example we release two types of tickets to balance sectors,  and curate the timetable to encourage wide participation.

So now you know!

What is a BarCamp?

“BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and were related to open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, and political organizing.” (from Wikipedia)

You can find a list of other upcoming barcamps here.

The Rules of BarCamp

  • 1st Rule: You do talk about BarCamp.
  • 2nd Rule: You do blog about BarCamp.
  • 3rd Rule: If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
  • 4th Rule: Only three word intros.
  • 5th Rule: As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
  • 6th Rule: No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
  • 7th Rule: Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
  • 8th Rule: If this is your first time at BarCamp, you HAVE to present. (Ok, you don’t really HAVE to, but try to find someone to present with, or at least ask questions and be an interactive participant.)

by Tantek Çelik as parodied from The Rules of Fight Club, taken from BarCamp.org.