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BarCamp Shanghai

This weekend BarCamp Shanghai takes place, the first time a BarCamp takes place in China. In case you are not familiar with the concept, the organizer’s website gives the following description:

BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.

All attendees must give a demo, a session, or help with one. Prepare in advance, but come early to get a slot on the wall. Presenters are responsible for making sure that notes/slides/audio/video of their presentations are published on the web for the benefit of all and those who can’t be present. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join.

It is good to see that this kind of events are now also organized in China, although I was a bit surprised that the majority of the attendees will be foreigners. Maybe Chinese are not too familiar yet with the concept of an unconference? Or was the publicity for this event mainly in the English blogosphere?

Tudou is among the sponsors of BarCamp and the 24-hour event will take place in our offices on 1305 South Suzhou Road. I will also join the event on Sunday. But not too early, because I am hosting a party at my home tonight!

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