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16 days to go…

I’ve been asking people to share their stories from Mind Camp.  Here’s what Bryan Zug had to say:

So now I’m working remotely from Seattle for Children’s Hospital at Stanford and I have to say that it’s indirectly attributable to Mind Camp 1.0.

How so?

Click to continue reading My Mind Camp Experience


Looks like a couple of posts got ground up in the big server upgrade that Andru was doing yesterday.  We should be caught up by now.

Speaking of the full moon, some of you will appreciate this link.  For the rest of you: move along.  Nothing to see here.

(Hat tip to Amal Graafstra)

17 days to go…

How do you describe Seattle Mind Camp to folks who haven’t been yet?

I usually tell folks the dry facts:  It’s a 24-hour geek confab.  Noon to noon, April 29 & 30.  Lots of cool people talking about lots of cool things.  It’s an un-conference… a conference without the conference - just extended hallway conversations.

I’m getting tired of saying the same thing over and over again, so I asked some other Mind Camp veterans what language they used to talk about Camp to the uninitiated:

Click to continue reading What’s a Mind Camp?

18 days to go…

Despite the tendency of veteran Mind Campers to talk about what they got out of SMC1, it’s worth remembering that  Seattle Mind Camp is more about what you put in to it.  Mind Camp is first and foremost a participatory experience.  You, the campers, make the experience.  No one on the planning committe is going to decide who will speak, or which sessions will take place.  You’ll do that.  There will be no keynote speeches, and no featured speakers.  If you want to show up, just register and show up. 

After some opening remarks on Saturday, we’ll open the Session Grid to whoever wants to sign up.  If you manage to snag a space, the format of your session will be up to you.  Wanna talk for 45 minutes in front of a PowerPoint slide show?  Go for it.  Wanna lob a provocative idea in the middle of the room and see who catches and runs with it?  Be our guest.  Wanna play “Purple Haze” on a kazoo that you blow through your left nostril?  Hey, it’s not my thing, but you might just get 10 people in a room to back you up.  The point is that the experience of Mind Camp is entirely created by you.

The thing is, you gotta participate.  You don’t have to conduct a session, but you’ve got to get involved somehow.  This party ain’t for wallflowers.

Click to continue reading Ask not what Seattle Mind Camp can do for you.  Ask what you can do for Seattle Mind Camp.

19 days and counting…

From the earliest planning session, we talked about wanting Seattle Mind Camp to be an event where bright Seattlites could meet other bright Seattlites.  We knew that there were a ton of cool projects going on in the city, but the chances to actually meet the people behind those projects were few and far between.  So we invited all the cool people we could think of.  Many of them showed up, along with a bunch of other cool people we hadn’t thought of.

Here’s the thing, though:

Click to continue reading Seeking Geek Diversity

(Speaking of random:  I was trying to find a picture of something with the number 20, and was suddenly struck with the realization that the portrait of Andrew Jackson on the double sawbuck is a dead ringer for Jeff Conaway.  I mean, is it just me?)

20 days until Seattle Mind Camp 2.0

As we look ahead to SMC2, I thought it might be interesting to take a moment to look back at SMC1.  I’ve been poking around the Mind Camp wiki today, and there’s a lot of good stuff there from the planning stages of the first camp, much of which I’d forgotten.

The Session Ideas page from Mind Camp 1.0, for instance, lists a bunch of cool stuff, some of which turned into sessions, some of which didn’t.  Ideas ranged from the pragmatic (managing multiple blogs across multiple domains) to the useful-but-frivolous (building a cheap solution to have your email read to you in the shower).  One thing that I don’t think happened last time, but that I’d definitely like to see at SMC2 is something Bryan Zug suggested:

Click to continue reading The Random Wow Factor

It’s On…

Posted by Stuart Maxwell Categories: Upcoming,

We promised at the end of Seattle Mind Camp 1.0 that we would hold another gathering within six months.  So I know everyone out there has been waiting patiently for an announcement, wondering what the heck was going on, and whether SMC2 was actually going to happen.  As you can see from the previous post, though, it’s now finally official:  Seattle Mind Camp 2.0, noon to noon, April 29th to 30th, 2006.

W00t, as the kids say!

21 Days to Go

Now, if you’re like me (and if you’re not…well, why aren’t you more like me?), you’re looking at that date and thinking… can they really pull this off in that short amount of time?  And I’m here to tell you:  Yes.  Yes, WE can.

Click to continue reading It’s On…

We have settled on a venue, and have opened the floodgates. If you want to be a part of Seattle Mind Camp 2.0, you can now register. The event will be taking place at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and will run from April 29 through April 30, from noon to noon, 24 hours straight (you know how we do!) A big shout out to Lockergnome for jumping on board as our first sponsor for 2.0.


Mind Camp 2.0…

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Upcoming,

People have been asking about when the next Mind Camp will be. We are excited to announce that Seattle Mind Camp 2.0 will happen on Saturday April 29 - Sunday April 30, 2006. Our goal is to make this one biggest, and more varied than our first effort. We expect to open up registration within a week.

I gotta give props to my friends Jesse and Nate of Hidden Frame Productions for taking the time to put this video together. They did their best to capture the overall vibe and energy that went on at Seattle Mind Camp, whether you were there, or if you missed it, you should take a look at the mini documentary. These are the guys that were showing the Make My Day choose-your-own-adventure DVD at Mind Camp.

Oh, and we should have news about the next Mind Camp event very soon!

Watch | Seattle Mind Camp Mini-Documentary