Like TransitCamp attendance is limited to 100 people, this means that before you run like mad to sign up, you need to think about a few things:
- Do I have anything of value to contribute to the conversation? Am I a student with research interests in the sciences? Are you a teacher who has innovative science teaching methods?
- Am I willing to commit to being present and participating fully?
- Can I think of someone else that might benefit more from participating?
This is a conference for scientists, researchers, policy makers and educators. Before you apply to attend, make sure that you are going to add to the conversation. Otherwise, you might want to think about inviting someone that would benefit greatly.
SciBarCamp follows in the tradition of SciFoo. It brings together scientists, technologists, writers and other thought-leaders will be gathering for a weekend of discussion, demonstration and debate. Nature provided great coverage of the 2006 event: Friday, Saturday and Sunday including an editorial summary.
With a stellar list of advisors:
SciBarCamp is going to be a scientists dream. I hope that folks from The Centre for eHealth Innovation will participate, I’m completely fascinated with the work they and BodyMedia and others are doing in personal health information management.
SciBarCamp is a gathering of scientists, artists, and technologists for a weekend of talks and discussions. The goal is to create connections between science, entrepreneurs and local businesses, and arts and culture. Some of the themes are:
- The edge of science (eg, synthetic biology, quantum gravity, cognitive science)
- The edge of technology (eg, mobile web, ambient computing, nanotechnology, web 2.0)
- Science 2.0 (open access, changing models of publication and
- Scientific literacy and public engagement (eg, one laptop per child project, policy and science, technology as legislation, science as culture, enfranchising the poor, the young, the old)
In the tradition of BarCamps, and other participant driven conferences, (see BarCamp.org for more information), the program is decided by the participants at the beginning of the meeting, in the opening reception. Presentations and discussion topics can be proposed at the SciBarCamp website or on the opening night. SciBarCamp will require active participation; while not everybody will present or lead a discussion, everybody will be expected to contribute substantially – this will help make it a really creative event.
The talks will be informal and interactive; to encourage this, speakers who wish to give PowerPoint presentations will have ten minutes to present, while those without will have twenty minutes.
Around half of the time will be dedicated to small group discussions on topics suggested by the participants. The social events and meals will make it easy to meet people from different fields and industries. Our venue, Hart House, is a congenial space with plenty of informal areas to work or talk and there will be free wireless access throughout.
Our goals are:
- Igniting new projects, collaborations, business opportunities, and further events.
- Intellectual stimulation and good conversation.
- Integrating science into Toronto’s cultural, entrepreneurial, and intellectual activites.
- Protoyping a model that can be easily duplicated elsewhere.
Attendance is free, but there is only space for around 100 people, so please register by sending me an email with your contact details.
Please include a link to your blog or your organization’s webpage that we can display with your name on the participants list at www.SciBarCamp.org.
More information about the event can be found at www.SciBarCamp.org.