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BW unconference Brussels 2013, Friday March 1st - 3rd

written by guaka - 2013/02/06 10:51

A discussion about an unconference was started in January. I vaguely proposed my apartment in Brussels as a possible location. And suddenly it was the most popular option. So here it is. From Friday March 1st till Sunday March 3rd We're having a participant-driven meeting (aka unconference) about (and to improve) various aspects of BeWelcome. Most important, there will be discussions and related wiki edits, but expect also some work on code.

This is the second BW event in my apartment in Brussels within one year. The previous one was a hackathon event that lasted more than one week, with a lot of focus on code and it allowed coders to get to know eachother. It was a lot of fun and some stuff happened. It wasn't just BeWelcome, the layout was heavily improved by Mikael. As far as BW code, a big start was made with moving to Symfony and some meeting functionality was written. The latter is still not in use and personally I would like to see this move forward a little bit during the upcoming unconference, which will be a bit shorter (3 days instead of 13 or so) and now also non-coders (aka normal people) will be very welcome.

Thus far we have 6 confirmed participants and 9 more people who might or might not come. It's definitely going to be fun. Check the related Piratepad and let me know if you're coming!


P.S. I expect some more BW unconferences in 2013 as anyone is free to organize one and BW is growing nicely :)










written by thorgal67 - 6 years ago (i)
I will try to join and chip in my 50 cents...or should that only be 2 cents? ;-)

Host to go there?

written by ALEXJANDRO - 6 years ago (i)
Hey ...
where can I see the people from Brussel who assist this meeting? I could ask somebody to host me for this WE ... I would love to assist to this unconference ...
Thanks for any Information

written by guaka - 6 years ago (i)
We might be able to celebrate 35000 BW members! :)

written by thorgal67 - 6 years ago (i)
@guaka: the current rate is between 40 and 50 new members a day. So you might be right :)

written by nhtin - 6 years ago (i)
For those who will not join the unconference in brussels.
is there an opportunity to follow online the meeting? Via Pirate pad, email, skype...

written by guaka - 6 years ago (i)
@nhtin, piratepad is a good way, many active folks (especially devs) are already hanging out on IRC, check out irc://
and we can have a skype / G hangout session. The forum is also fine for stuff, I just created a thread for this:

written by guaka - 6 years ago (i)
It's going too fast now! We'll probably reach 35k on Tuesday. We should block the new sign ups so we can have a genuine 35k party next week ;)

(I've actually been at such a party before December 2007, when Hyves reached 5 million members and they had this fake counter running so that 5 million would be reached around ten o'clock or so.)

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