No alcohol at barcamps...
August 5, 2012 1:34 PM Subscribe
How should I effectively promote a regional barcamp/unconference?
posted by pwnguin to Education (1 answer total)
My department organizes semi-annual barcamps, partially to build the department and university's brand, partially as cheap training and education for students and staff, and partially to fill out our student worker application queue.
The conference has been performed well in the past, but we have no desire to rest on any laurels. I'd love to see us improve the turnout, fill more session slots, and perhaps most challengingly, improve the diversity of the attendees and speakers. The conference skews heavily male / CS, being an open source oriented tech conference, and it shows in our recruiting and graduation rates as well. I imagine interest in this event is limited to day trip range of about 150 miles, but our outreach in the past has either been extremely local (paper fliers in a couple of buildings) or extremely broad (Twitter). I've been trolling Meetup.com a bit browsing local groups, but I'm not sure about the etiquette for promoting a conference in a group I'm not directly a member of.
Also, I welcome advice on how to explain to freshman what a BarCamp is and is not.