Monday, October 6, 2008

BarCamp Africa and why we're sponsoring it


We're going to BarCamp, yeah baby! (photo: Aphasia Films)

Emeka and I are super excited about attending BarCamp Africa on October 11th. If you are around, come say 'hi'. In fact, we are proudly sponsoring part of the event.

Why??
(yes, we don't have a ton of money...so we do this very selectively!)

For two reasons:
  • Its an amazing cause (the development of Sub Saharan Africa) that we deeply believe in. Plus BarCamp is going have an amazing collection of interesting people and issues related to Africa. We hope to squeeze as much as we can out of the attendees' brains as possible...get them really thinking about the issues. Good X PRIZE material, we think! Who knows...future $10M prizewinners in that audience perhaps (??)
  • We, the X PRIZE Foundation, are serious about global development and the world needs to know it. Its not all space, or energy as a lot of people like to think. Its other things too. And we're serious about them!
For those of you who have never been to a BarCamp and are hearing about it for the first time, here are some resources to get you started.

What is a BarCamp?
Rules of a BarCamp
(An excellent) First-timer's Guide to BarCamping

See you there, hopefully!

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