October will mark three years of ActivSpaces’ existence; of dedication towards fostering technology and entrepreneurship in Cameroon. We’ve experienced ups and downs, failures and successes, scrapped projects and innovations. We’re not alone in these trials and we’ve had the opportunity to witness and share in the exponential growth of Cameroon’s tech community. As our three year anniversary approaches, we want nothing more but to share these stories beyond the sphere of this new league of startups. We want every Cameroonian and world citizen to understand how technology and entrepreneurship can impact a society, and think forward to more solutions, novel enterprise and game-changing invention. In this light, we’re honored to be coordinating BarCamp Cameroon 2013.
What is BarCamp?
BarCamp Cameroon is the biggest annual gathering of passionate individuals from all fields of the digital and technology society: entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, bloggers, journalists, activists and students. It’s a meeting of forward-thinking minds coming together to discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges we face in this technological era. BarCamp is dubbed a “non-conference” because of its informal format and on-the-spot scheduling. Still, quality discussions, stimulating interaction and a trade fair-like atmosphere are some of its hallmarks. We see BarCamp as a combining platform between Cameroon’s technology and civil society, geared at addressing grand issues of the day.
On October 26th, BarCamp Cameroon will for the first time be held in one of Cameroon’s two Anglophone regions – the one dubbed “the place to be” – and ActivSpaces’ very own hometown, Buea. The theme for 2013 is “Made In Cameroon” and the event will be a showcasing of the numerous, locally developed, technology-driven projects and a bid to the general public to adopt the DIY spirit of entrepreneurship.
Just some things to look out for…
1) BarCamp Community Wireless Network
The BarCamp Community Wireless Network will host digital brochures of sponsors and startups. It will also hold demo software and applications built by local entrepreneurs. This year we want participants to leave with more than memorable discussions. We want them to have access to digital content that they can actually use and candidly pass the message that innovations have indeed been made in Cameroon.
2) Creative Industries Lounge
We’re strong believers that Africa can develop by sharing its culture across the world, a feat that can be tackled through the creative industries. This year, a lounge will be dedicated to lovers of interactive media and video games. Talks will be held by leading game developers and other players from Cameroon’s creative industries.
3) BarCamp Challenge
When you get to Buea in October (which you must do), be sure to log on to the BarCamp Community Wireless Network or risk losing out. We’re going to be hosting the BarCamp Challenge, a digital quiz of sorts, to discover and reward the day’s most active participants. If you find yourself among the day’s winners, you’ll find out what’s in the goodie bag ;)
Get your Camper’s Pass now from Eventbrite. Only ticket holders will have access to free refreshments and travel funding reimbursement at the event (provided for by BarCamp Cameroon’s benevolent sponsors). There are only 200 tickets up for grabs. The clock is ticking…
Buea’s tech community would like to welcome participants to the place to be and show you how techies party when they’re not geeking out. Hold on to your Camper’s Pass as Peeps Lounge is set to provide free drinks to the first 30 entrants at the #bccam13 after-party! It’s going to be… wait for it… legendary!
As from this very moment, follow @barcampcameroon and the #bccam13 hashtag on Twitter for real-time updates about BarCamp Cameroon. Contact us at ActivSpaces for any inquiries you may have about the event and planning a trip to Buea. Information on the BarCamp Cameroon website may be in a state of flux in the weeks leading up to the event. Things may change but this is afterall the nature of BarCamp Cameroon.
When: October 26th, 2013 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: UIDB Buea, Block 2
How: Download your Camper’s Pass
As usual, stay tuned. There will be more announcements and possibly material made available before the event to prepare participants. Most importantly help spread the word. We want to see everybody there!