BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event.
BarCamp is all about the participants. It's the participants that give talks and presentations on stuff they know about. It's about sharing the stuff you know with others who have similar interests or want to find out about what you're talking about. If you've ever watched a large group of people, you'll inevitably see small groups of people form together. Typically those in the groups are connected by a common factor (friends, interests, etc). Others are just joining in on the conversation. That's more or less what a BarCamp is, only with a little more (but not much) structure and organization. It can be organized around a theme or particular topic, or just one big free-for-all. Most importantly,
Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. When you come, be prepared to share with barcampers. When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.
There's a meeting tomorrow (July 22) at the Muddy Waters West Ashley for the initial planning meeting. Come along if you're intersted in helping to organize Charleston's first Barcamp! You can also keep up with what's happening with the BarCamp on Twitter and Facebook.