BarCamp Manchester 2015 – Share your passions

Update: 30 September 2015

Our roundup of blogs and resources coming out of this year’s Manchester Barcamp:

If this has piqued your interest, find out how to run your own BarCamp.


BarCamp Manchester is an annual 2 day tech unconference. While attendees predominantly hail from the tech sector, our topics also often cover all STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), and much much more!

The unconference can be quite a difficult concept to grasp if you’ve never been to one before, so let me explain how it works. Imagine your average technology or business conference, you spend around £100 on a ticket, and the organisers schedule speakers who they think have something interesting to say for you to come and listen to. But what if it turns out that what the speaker has to say isn’t all that interesting?

What sometimes happens at organised conferences is that you end up having more interesting conversations with other attendees, and this became known as the lobby track. Sometimes it’s the people who attend conferences who have the most important things to say, and having a more informal setting, means that instead of being talked at, you are engaged in more of a discussion.

So here’s where the BarCamp is different. Instead of paying £100 for a ticket, you pay nothing, and instead of having a number of scheduled speakers, you have none! At a BarCamp, the attendees become the speakers, and there are lots of opportunities to step up. Anyone who comes can speak about anything they feel passionate about. You can prepare a formal talk, a workshop, a discussion, a debate or even a demonstration, and the topics that can be presented at a BarCamp are endless!

The other big aspect of the BarCamp is the fun factor! While being less strict on what topics can be covered, there are all sorts of new and interesting things you can discover at a BarCamp. We’re big on pushing the community aspect too, so all BarCamps are free to attend, with costs covered by sponsorship from companies who want to support the community and get more involved, and we have plenty of cool SWAG for you to take home too!

So if you’re still not sure if a BarCamp is for you, I’ll tell you a secret, BarCamps are for EVERYONE! If you have passion, a thirst for knowledge and a desire to get involved then the BarCamp is the perfect place for you.

BarCamp Manchester 6 will be held on the 26th and 27th September 2015 at the Auto Trader Offices on First Street in Manchester, and will be sponsored by Layershift,, Capgemini, Cyntech Components & Fedora. If you would like to join us, please grab your free ticket from Fatsoma now!

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