InfoCamp Berkeley is an unconference-style event for the information community.
It features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which most presentations are designed and delivered by participants. And it’s a lot of fun! InfoCamp Berkeley is for anyone interested in user experience, information architecture, interaction design, service design, information management, information design, librarianship, online search, informatics, and related fields.
There are no pre-determined session topics or presenters, other than a keynote session. You, the participants, create and lead most of the sessions! You determine the topic and format of your session, and pitch your session idea to the group, and sign up for a time slot. The exact schedule will be created as we go.
The purpose of this format is to encourage collaboration, interaction, discussion, and real-time innovation. The benefits of this format include the immediacy of the topics – the sessions didn’t have to be submitted months ahead of time – and the fun, exciting (and a bit chaotic) feeling of being part of an event that’s being led by everyone
Who attends InfoCamp?
InfoCamp Berkeley welcomes anyone interested in information-related topics, from any perspective. You’ll meet students, professionals, practitioners, academics, librarians, designers, developers, and everything in between!
Yeah but what do I do at InfoCamp?
- share and learn
- connect and network
- take risks
- be spontaneous
- inspire others
What sessions will there be?
Since InfoCamp is an unconference, nobody knows exactly what topics will be covered until the event actually starts! Participants will sign up to lead sessions during the event. You can create sessions on any topic related to information, from any perspective. All we ask is that you don’t use session time to sell a product or service.
Check out the Sessions page for more information, and please leave us some feedback on what topics you’re interested in!
What should I bring to InfoCamp?
You might want to bring business cards, a camera, a laptop, etc. If you bring a personal water bottle, you’ll be able to fill it throughout the day at the school’s water fountains.
And of course, if you plan to lead a session, bring whatever you need for your session. This might be a laptop, a handout for participants, notes to yourself, or just an idea! Our classrooms are equipped with VGA projectors – we’ll do our best to provide display dongles, but bring your own if you can.
Who can register as a student?
Students enrolled in any program, any major, any school, in spring 2012 may sign up for student tickets. Be ready to show your ID.
Will there be wireless internet?
Yes. When you check in, you will receive a passcode to access the UC Berkeley campus wireless.
How do I get there?
The home of InfoCamp Berkeley, UC Berkeley’s South Hall, is a 10-15 minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. You can take BART to Downtown Berkeley from numerous locations in San Francisco and the East Bay, including both SFO and OAK. The AC Transit bus authority also has several bus lines that run near campus.
If I’m driving, where can I park?
Parking on campus, and in Berkeley in general, is possible but not a lot of fun. Click here for campus parking information. We recommend taking public transportation if at all possible.