BarCampMilwaukee2: The Aftermath
BarCampMilwaukee2 occupied the October 12 - 14 weekend from 1 PM on the 12th (left Appleton) through 6 PM on the 14th (arrived back in Big-A town).
Most of those hours were occupied by listening to tech, discussing tech and thinking about tech, with a wee bit of time used for eating and sleeping (both on-site at Schlitz Park, site of BarCampMilwaukee2). If you want immersion in tech, put barcamps on your to-do list. For those interested in Midwest barcamps, the BarCampMadison2 event will most likely be the next opportunity for you.
If you reeeeally like the sound of barcamps, get involved with the organizing of BarCampMadison2. The organizing teams can always use more help and more ideas. Sign up for the MadCity barcamp Google Group and join in on the fun.
Some of my favorite sessions from BarCampMilwaukee2 were Co-working, Elevator Entertainment Project, LED Throwies and Techno-Utopia (and Dystopia). There were other sessions I enjoyed, and quite a few I felt badly about missing. Just too many fun things happening at the event and too many interesting people to talk with. Many of the sessions I planned to participate in were missed simply because I got carried away talking with all the new people I met who are passionate about some aspect of technology, either making it or using it.
Activities are already planned with a couple people I met this past weekend at BarCampMilwaukee. As I've said before, post-event interactions are the best aspect of barcamps for many people.
If this sounds like a worthwhile and enjoyable use of your time, make sure to reserve a spot on your calendar for BarCampMadison or another barcamp near you. Or organize your own barcamp or other unconference!