I’ve been extremely busy over the past month, volunteering after work hours on Django community stuff. Here’s a quick update on one of my recent volunteer projects, BarCamp Django SF.
I was on the organizing committee for BarCamp Django San Francisco. It was one of my favorite tech conferences ever.
The event was a 2-day overnight unconference for users of the Django web framework. You can think of it as sort of like DjangoCon, but less formal and more centered around getting to know each other.
It covered topics in Django, JS, CSS, HTML5, and Python mostly, but also random fun topics like Django core dev Andrew Godwin‘s advice on how to become a pilot and read aeronautical charts.
It also involved an overnight campout at Eventbrite. I can be a shy wallflower in tech crowds, so I was a bit nervous about the social activities in the evening, but Natalie Downe and Simon Willison went out of their way to invite everyone to play and make sure no one felt left out. I ended up staying up way past my bedtime with Danny playing games like Werewolf.
The best part of an unconference or barcamp is that people sign up to give their talks the same morning of the event, rather than in advance.
While this may sound ridiculous and chaotic, it results in heartfelt talks that are focused on the current passions of the speaker. I have never seen such inspired talks at a tech conference.
I gave an informal talk about advanced Cookiecutter usage and led a small sprint, where Rachel Sanders and Trey Hunner contributed a couple of critically-important fixes to Cookiecutter that are planned for the next release.
Behind the scenes, I also pitched in with some grassroots marketing, and with doing the design and illustration for the BarCamp Django SF website and t-shirts.
I had such a good time that I want there to be a BarCamp Django Los Angeles, a BarCamp Django San Diego, and ones in Riverside, Las Vegas, and Phoenix ASAP.
I want these BarCamps from an attendee perspective, not as an organizer. It’s your turn ;)
So it’s time for us to pass on the torch and let other people organize future BarCamp Django events. If you’re thinking of organizing another BarCamp Django, you should do it!