BarCamp and other unconferences
So I just got back from BarCamp Rochester today. It was for the most part a pretty enjoyable and educational experience.
For those not in the know, BarCamp is a participant-driven "unconference" in which every attendee does a talk, in which they teach a course, show off their work, or otherwise lecture about something nerdy. Read more on Wikipedia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp
The toughest part (other than doing a talk, which is relatively easy if you actually know what you're talking about and aren't deathly afraid of public speaking) for me was figuring out what talks to go to. I went to a few boring talks, and some really interesting ones, and from what I heard about a few other talks that I missed, they were really interesting. It seems like a solvable problem, but it's up to the people running the event to actually execute that.
Anyway, has anyone else been to a similar sort of event?