I’ll be attending BarCamp Block this Saturday in Palo Alto whether or not HP opens its Garage as Robert Scoble requested. This is a great marketing and community relations opportunity for HP, and literally sitting on their doorstep. Besides it would give BarCamp the right hard core engineering vibe.
What is BarCamp?
Almost two years ago, a group of 6 San Francisco geeks in 7 days, using blogs, wikis and IRC slapped together a weekend conference with wifi, food and amazing presentations in Palo Alto, California. This was a different kind of conference, though. There were no superstar keynote speakers. There were no pre-programmed agendas. There was a brilliant agenda filled with content by and for the attendees. More than 200 people showed up and people watched remotely from all over the world. This event was BarCamp.
If HP opens their Garage, then all we need is beer. I can think of a bunch of VCs with swank offices right in downtown Palo Alto that could sponsor and serve lots of beer and food, if they were so inclined: Technology Crossover Ventures, Advanced Technology Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Trident Capital and my friend Fred Harman at Oak Investment Partners. C’mon guys, this is the pulse. Put your finger on it. Support your community of entrepreneurs.
Scoble is predicting a huge turnout. Sounds like a great opportunity for the right VCs.
And thanks to Ross and Socialtext for offering up their offices for this.