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BarCampUtah: Setting Up Camp

Filed under: Living in SLC, UT,Utah Geeks — Laura Moncur @ 10:54 am

Since deciding not to move to California, I’ve realized that we need to grow a geek community that I can associate with here. I feel so isolated and alone as far as work is concerned, so I decided to spearhead BarCamp here in Utah.

I am in the process of setting up montly meetings for BarCampUtah. BarCamp is a meeting that started up in San Francisco in reaction to FooCamp, which was an invitation-only party given by O’Reilly. Some of the people who weren’t invited to FooCamp, set up BarCamp.

What I’m trying to create is a geek community in Utah. I want to have a monthly meeting where we can “show and tell” or maybe just “hack together.” This video, created by Ryanne, is my inspiration. I want BarCampUtah to be like Super Happy Dev House.

Click here to see the video

We don’t have a spot where things can go all night, but at first, I’m just hoping for a few hours where everyone can talk and share ideas. This video, also by Ryanne, shows what our little meetings could eventually evolve into. BarCamp in San Francisco is a full-blown conference with sponsors and hosts and lots of ad hoc sessions.

Click here to see the video

I have been struggling for a good venue that has wireless Internet and room for us to grow. I think I have found us a spot, but I need to wait to announce it until I get the application back.

In the meantime, if any of you have been wishing for a geek community in the Salt Lake area, we are growing it right now. Please send me your information on my Contact Me form, including your full name, email address and phone number and I will make sure that you are included.



  1. Way to make community happen! That is awesome.

    Comment by Braidwood — 7/8/2006 @ 10:06 pm

  2. Will you be at the next Geek Dinner, then? http://www.devutah.com

    Comment by Robert Merrill — 7/11/2006 @ 4:52 pm

  3. Oops. I see you already RSVP’d on the wiki. See you then!

    Comment by Robert Merrill — 7/11/2006 @ 4:55 pm

  4. Are you sure there isn’t already a geek community somewhere? You should look into it before you invade someone elses hard earned territory.

    Comment by Utah ATV Dealers — 8/11/2008 @ 2:31 pm

  5. There was a small geek community brewing, but now it’s big and healthy. We didn’t end up doing a BarCamp, but we do have monthly get togethers.

    You can find the events on Upcoming.org.

    Comment by Laura Moncur — 8/12/2008 @ 8:07 am

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