Last weekend we did our fourth ShareCamp at Microsoft’s german headquarter in Munich (Unterschleißheim). The ShareCamp is not a typical conference, it’s a BarCamp, BarCamps typically have no schedule until the conference starts. Every attendee is able to submit sessions, discussions or HOL Workshops. Therefor it’s great for people who aren’t speaking at huge, popular conferences. The entire audience votes for the session proposals and depending on the votes sessions are moved to bigger or smaller rooms. (More information on BarCamps can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp).
But let’s come back to our ShareCamp. Early in 2013 we opened the registration and within almost 2 weeks we were totally packed. 200 attendees (excluding the Orga-Team) filled up the registration form. That was just amazing. Another interesting fact is, that more than half of the attendees were First-Timers.
At this point we knew that there is still a lot of work to do. We had to organize the welcome party, food, drinks, lanyards, shirts, social wall, conference schedule, conference bags, sponsors and of course many more. Thankfully Microsoft and Laura from Experts Inside supported us within these tasks, without them the organization would be a kind of impossible. Therefor a big THANK YOU to all of them.
The ShareCamp Welcome Party (sponsored by AvePoint and K2) was celebrated on Friday (Yes, the same procedure as every year). On Saturday the ShareCamp started at 9am (yes way to early ) 36 Sessions were on our schedule for Saturday (http://sharecamp.azurewebsites.net/Schedule/Saturday) as you can see there were many great topics such as
- SharePoint 2013 Development
- Case Studies
On Sunday our schedule offered 24 Sessions (http://sharecamp.azurewebsites.net/Schedule/Sunday) also targeting popular SharePoint related topics.
All these great sessions, discussions and the incredible networking was (of course) offered for free. Offering such a great conference for free would be impossible without our Sponsors. Most Sponsors were presenting their products either at their booth or during a technical session, which was great for people that are new to the SharePoint area.
I also want to say thank you to the SharePoint community for
- Publishing over 600 Tweets with the #ShareCamp Hashtag
- Doing, voting and attending to 60 sessions
- Publishing more than 280 pictures on Fickr with the #ShareCamp Hashtag
- Posting numerous statuses on Facebook using the #ShareCamp Hashtag
Last but not least I’d like to say Thank you to the Orga-Team (Michael Greth, Christian Glessner, Laura and Florian Stadtfeld).