BlogCamp CIS and the Baltics 2007 is the first (BarCamp) in the post-Soviet space that we are aware of. We aim to gather 300 bloggers, new media professionals, and other types of geeks for a week-end in Kyiv in mid-October. Our objective is not only to discuss the wider new media and Web2.0 developments in the region, but also to test if BarCamps have a (bright) future as a peer-learning platform in this region.
We expect to secure enough funding to invite bloggers who would not otherwise be able to attend. More information on this is forthcoming in late August. If you want to attend–at your own expense or with financial assistance from us–please register on the Wiki. Please note that we will be able to help only those residing in the CIS and the Baltics. We are also considering charging a small fee (5-10 USD) to help offset the costs of some meals.
Although we expect that the majority of the presentations at BlogCamp CIS and the Baltics would be in Russian, we are open to hosting presentations in any languages, as long as you are sure that you would have an audience. By our rough estimate, 1/4 of all presentations will be in English–we’ll aim to have at least one English-language presentation during each session.
True to the peer-production spirit of BarCamps, everybody is supposed to contribute. If it’s your first BarCamp, we’d advise you to give a talk/present. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it, there are plenty of other opportunities to get involved and help us organize a better event:
- sign-up as a volunteer to help during the event
- if you are from Kyiv, host our international guests at your house (here is a link to the sign-up sheet)
- bring your camera to record some sessions and post them online later
- help us promote BlogCamp by putting our event badge on your blog/LiveJournal and writing a post about us
- if all of this seems complicated, be so kind as to spell-check this Wiki and insert whatever commas are missing!
If you want to help in any other way, please leave a comment somewhere on the Wiki–we’ll get in touch.