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BarCamp Ghana

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GhanaThink Managing Executive abocco

Hello folks, do you guys know about the BarCamp?

I went to the BarCamp Africa at Google a couple of weekends ago and I really enjoyed it.

We are organizing a BarCamp in Ghana this December. NanaPee and the NASP, here's an opportunity for you :-)
So a BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference.

BarCamp Ghana 2008's primary focus is to bring together Ghanaians to build connections between people and discuss various issues and opportunities for and in Ghana. The first BarCamp Ghana event will be on December 22 at the Kofi Annan ICT Centre (AITI) in Accra, Ghana.

The theme is "Fueling Ghana's Technology and Business Renaissance"

Check out the website at http://www.barcampghana.com/

This BarCamp Ghana is being sponsored by the GhanaThink Foundation.

Do any of you have experiences about BarCamps you've been to? if you want to help, let us know right here on the forums, with suggestions, comments, etc

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GhanaThink Managing Executive abocco

Support BarCamp Ghana!

The BarCamp Ghana website has been updated at http://www.barcampghana.com/

Check out the Support page to banners like these ones

the destiny of a nation at any given time depends on the opinions and contributions of its young men and women.

OMANBA

A little Contribution

Now i dont know what foundations and preparations have been made already so i will be presumtous. A few pointers for organisation:
1. Initiate banner exchanges with other Ghanaian websites for more exposure. You cannot assume that you have reached a wide readership by just focusing on this site. I am sure they will be more than happy to negotiate an exchange of sorts to feature yours. Anything that has the development of Ghana in mind is well recieved.

2. Aim for the mass media. Are there any newspapers, radio stations who will be happy to help with a voice-over or two and a few banner adverts in anticiption of the event. Might cost some money if they wont do it for free but its worth the exposure you can garner.

3. It might be a free for all brain storming in theory, but it helps to get powerful main speakers on various topics and aspects of the meet (preferably those who are already well established in their feild of expertise) to spear head discussions and get the ball rolling. They also act as good resources for question time.
The sooner you do some PR and invitations the better and you can actually feature these speakers on the banner/site whatever, its a serious and croud pulling strategy.

4. Sponsorship, Sponsorship! Are there any companies who are not technology inclined per se but willing to sponsor the event for some exposure as they might have a bit of affiliation to the event. It could be a simple thing like a catering company. There is always an item 13 (refreshments) on any agenda and other businesses wanting to showcase products etc might be interested.

There are a lot of Ghanaian business alliances all over the place. A letter to a chairperson here and there will create a network for you you never knew existed. Some may attend or be represented as delegates and others will be there as observers. Good luck.

THE CRINGE FACTOR! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT GOD MADE THREE WORLDS AND THAT I COME FROM THE THIRD WORLD. THE ISSUE OF RACE IS GEOGRAPHICAL AND NOT A STATUS SYMBOL AND NEITHER IS MY SKIN BLACK NOR YOURS WHITE.

GhanaThink Managing Executive abocco

Update about BarCamp Ghan

A few updates about BarCamp Ghana.
Registration is now open. Registration is free. Register/RSVP now at BarCampGhana.org

We are still seeking donations, so support us at http://www.barcampghana.org/barcampghana08/spread-word-about-barcampghan...

If you want to be a panelist for BarCamp Ghana or lead a breakout session, contact the BarCamp Ghana team through the website
http://www.barcampghana.org/

The location for BarCamp Ghana on Dec 22nd is confirmed for the Kofi Annan ICT centre (AITI) in Accra.

Estelle Sowah, CEO of Busy Internet, will also be a keynote speaker alongside Herman Chinery-Hesse of SoftTribe.

You don't want to miss out on this awesome event and it's free.

Tsooboi!

the destiny of a nation at any given time depends on the opinions and contributions of its young men and women.