BarCampPortland and Pibb

Pibb - #pdxbarcamp

I’m here in Portland, OR at their BarCamp — it’s a great scene, but with a few differences.

First of all, this is the first time a BarCamp has been held specifically in a coworking space — in this case, an expansive collaborative environment called CubeSpace.

Second, Jay Fichialos, the original camphead, is here from Dallas and has transcribed the complete calendar into a great looking Google Spreadsheet.

Third, we’re using Pibb, a new online chat system built by Portland company JanRain, as the event’s channel. It seems to be performing really well for a new product and looks great. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like there are permalinks available for the transcripts, but I’ve put in a request to the developers who were on-site for such a feature.

Otherwise, Dawn and Raven did a fantastic job putting the event together, there’s been plenty of food, great conversations and an impressive turnout. Oh, and Josh Bancroft’s Wii was definitely a welcome addition (even though Dawn kicked my ass).

Lastly, I’d like to commend BarCampPortland on achieving three to five male to female ratio of organizers… and yes, I mean that there five female planners of a total of eight. Attendance overall was still skewed towards male attendees, but the session that Dawn put on about Collaboration in Communities had a full 10 female participants — and it was one of the best and most interesting sessions I’ve been to. Progress is slow, but with increased awareness, continued vigilance and proactive inclusivity, I do think that the BarCamp community can continue to improve how it promotes, invites and nurtures a wider, more diverse, and more talented, community.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: (YC W18), Uber, Google.

8 thoughts on “BarCampPortland and Pibb”

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  2. Barcamp Vancouver >> at WorkSpace in August 2006!

    (sorry I’ll miss you this weekend, out of town. Dane will look after you though!)

  3. Chris, when you say “this is the first time a BarCamp has been held specifically in a coworking space,” you’re not crediting HealthCamp that was held late last year at Citizen Space! It may be the first “traditional” BarCamp in coworking, but it’s certainly not the first *Camp.

  4. Oh hey Raines, you’re totally right! Didn’t mean to discount HealthCamp — but I guess my thinking was that it was more “incidental” that HealthCamp happened in our coworking space than BarCampPortland… but you’re right — I guess this was the second such *camp at a coworking space!

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