I’m a big, big fan of barcamps and unconforences. They’re great fun, awesome learning experiences and a neat way to network. Since I attended RecentChangesCamp back in May 2008, I wanted to run a fandom specific one that dealt with the back end up of fandom. Some of the issues that fansite maintainers, community maintainers, wiki helpers, convention runners, gamers have are unique. Some of them are not so much. They can just feel that way when you’re busy struggling to figure out how to deal with problems. Getting the chance to network with people dealing with similar issues can be a challenge.
So we’re happy to announce Camp Fandom 2.0. It is being held on Friday, March 21 and Saturday March 22, 2009 at Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center. Camp Fandom 2.0 is free to attend and is geared toward the back end of fandom: Businesses operating in fandom, fansite maintaining, running conventions, being a dealer at a convention, people who are computer and web programming in the fan community, people producing vids, art and fan fiction, etc. If you’re a company involved with entertainment or fansite who want to demo your newest site or product, this camp is for you. If you’re looking to recruit people to help you or some one who wants to get more involved and looking for a project, attend! If you’re looking for people in the fan community familiar with issues of being involved in fandom and how to deal with those challenges, Camp Fandom 2.0 is also for you.
As we get closer to the event, we’ll post more details. If you have any questions, let me know. We’re also looking for volunteers to help run Camp Fandom 2.0.
Additional details are available on the BarCamp website.