What is Bizcamp?

A free conference/ gathering which is happening in Dublin on Saturday 19th September 2009. The venue is the The Guinness Storehouse Dublin.

Seriously - what is it?

It’s a chance for us all to lift ourselves out of the gloom of the endless bad news stories. It’s based on the fact that each of us as entrepreneurs have loads to learn from our peers. And we have a lot to share with them as well. There are a lot of great things happening in the Irish Economy - especially in small and medium businesses and this day will be a celebration of those. And a great place to come for people who have lost their jobs and are actively looking at starting up.

View RTE coverage of the last Bizcamp here.

It’s free, whats the catch?

You take the main cost of a “proper” conference away (the flown in experts) and get sponsors to cover the venue and misc other expenses. And then 400 or so people starting and running their own businesses gather on the day and a number of them/you/us will give short talks on things which we know or have learned which will be valuable to share with the others.

Great idea, it will never actually work

This is based on the Barcamp concept which started in the US and has now being used in every continent in the world. In Ireland there have been 11 held since September 2006 - each of them successful. Click here for a full listing of those.

Ok, kinda interested now. Why haven’t I heard of this before now?

Because the Irish camps to date have been almost exclusively focused on the technology community and promoted within that sector. This is the first to be held which focuses on all businesses and it will be especially of interest to any and all entrepreneurs who want to build Irish businesses which can compete internationally.

I’ll sign up to attend, but not sure about talking.

At each event about 1/3rd of the attendees also give talks and it can be daunting for the first time. Everything about this is voluntary so don’t worry about just attending - please do sign up.

Once you have done give the idea of a talk one last chance - the day does not work without it!

I hate listening to Sales Pitches

So do we - every one of us. Life is too short. Talks at bizcamp can be based on things like:

  • skill sets which a speaker will share,
  • experiences that are relevant for others to hear about or
  • lessons learned that will help the audience to avoid similar ones.

They are explicitly not about sales pitches and the Rule Of Two Feet will be open to all - if you are caught in a sales pitch then stand up and walk out. We will be making this clear to all speakers to help them get into the spirit of the day.