Also know as Local Camp, Roots Camp, Bar Camp and Foo Camp.


  • Pittsburgh hosted a PodCamp in the fall of 2006.
  • A Roots Camp is a derivation of a Bar Camp, with a political focus. A Bar Camp is an open version of a Foo Camp, which is a participant-driven conference. Although the history of open conferencing can be traced back to the 1980s, it was Tim O’Reilly’s first Foo Camp in 2003 that sparked the current interest.

In these events, the "expert" and audience of a formal presentation are replaced with active learners entering the conversation with equal power. Participants gather at a big white board prior to the conference (or get things started on a wiki before the big day arrives) to write the topics they want to discuss, inviting any others to join in. Some topics draw no interest, but those that do often are treated to an enthusiastic and productive debate among those with sincere interest in the conversation.

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