NC Near Space – BarCampRDU 2013 Partner!!

by Jeremy Davis on April 10, 2013

space-logo2NC Near Space Research started out as a group from TechShop RDU who entered the Hackerspaces in Space contest.  We spent one month putting together a balloon to take pictures of the earth from near space.  After launching the balloon, our tracking system promptly failed and it vanished. We quickly put together an attempt to salvage our day and assembled a complete backup system in 30 minutes!  We launched it and after tracking it for several hours and then spending several more hours retrieving it from a tree, we opened up our camera to discover wonderful pictures!  Since then, we have decided to continue launching balloons to near space to try out new and different things.

NC Near Space is a BarCampRDU Partner Organization! These folks are awesome and they do awesome things! Make sure you check them out https://sites.google.com/a/ncnearspace.org/home/

It is truly amazing to see these folks bring together all the technology and research to make these balloon launches a successful reality.

NCNEARSPACE photo

CC Photo by Tanner Lovelace aka Clubjuggler

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ooshirts-logoEstablished in 2007, ooShirts was founded by a group of high school students who needed shirts printed for their tennis club and were frustrated at the high prices of custom shirts available. The leader of the club, Raymond, decided to create his own custom t-shirt company in order to offer affordable shirts to other high school and college clubs, and ooShirts has been around ever since.

Six years later, ooShirts has grown exponentially but remains committed to the originals principles of efficiency, quality, and competitive pricing that made them successful.

We are very grateful to have ooShirts as a Bronze Sponsor of BarCampRDU 2013! Be sure to check out their site http://www.ooshirts.com/ and whenever you are looking for an awesome tshirt company, remember these guys helped bring BarCampRDU to you!

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Fan of Barcamp and NCTech4Good.

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Code of Conduct in Full

by Cristóbal Palmer on March 28, 2013

BarCampRDU is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers. Our full and detailed anti-harassment policy can be found at:

http://trilug.org/barcamp/code-of-conduct-in-full/

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the BarCampRDU organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference area. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organizer of BarCampRDU immediately. Organizers can be identified by their badges.

BarCampRDU organizers will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Organizers can be reached via the following:

Email: conduct@trilug.org
Inclusivity Officer Phone: 919-[redacted] (Was only functional the day of the event)

Other contacts:

For medical or life-threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1
InterAct of Wake County Crisis line: 919-828-3005 | 866-291-0853 toll-free
WakeMed Urgent Care: (919) 789-4322 (Raleigh); (919) 859-1136 (Cary)
City of Raleigh Police (non-emergency) Phone: 919-996-3335

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Code of Conduct

by Cristóbal Palmer on March 28, 2013

Why?

Why have an official anti-harassment policy for BarCampRDU? First, it is necessary. There is an unfortunate history of harassment that has been normalized in the context of conferences – for example, see this timeline of sexist incidents in geek communities. Second, it sets expectations for behavior at barcamp. Simply having an anti-harassment policy can prevent harassment all by itself. Third, it encourages people to attend who have had bad experiences at other conferences. Finally, it gives barcamp volunteers instructions on how to handle harassment quickly, with the minimum amount of disruption.

What?

BarCampRDU is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers. Our full and detailed anti-harassment policy can be found at:

http://trilug.org/barcamp/code-of-conduct-in-full/

This document is adapted from the Creative Commons licensed resources available here that were accessed in March of 2013.

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LogoNCTech4Good is the regional network for sharing knowledge about technologies that can advance the mission of nonprofit organizations. This sharing occurs during monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 PM, and the annual conference. Join us at www.meetup.com/nctech4good/. Visit our website www.NCTech4Good.org.

NCTech4Good is supported locally by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, Public Information Network, Inc. (also known as RTPnet) and our sponsors, listed on our website and our meetup.com page. We’re an NTEN (The Nonprofit Technology Network) 501 Tech Club, and we’re a NetSquared local group.

NCTech4Good is a BarCampRDU Partner Organization!

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“BarCamp is my favorite technically-oriented conference. Attending is a no-brainer, and I’m glad it’s happening this year. Thanks, guys.”

 

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Call for Volunteers to support BarCampRDU 2013

by Jeremy Davis on March 21, 2013

Calling all BarCampers, your assistance is needed! It is up to “YOU” to make this awesome event happen!

We would like to keep the Hunt Library as the venue location because it is awesome and it holds more people than past venues; however, there is an additional cost associated with it. Please help us secure sponsors. Talk to the marketing department of your company or recommend BarCampRDU sponsorship to local startups and small businesses that need a positive boost with the local tech community.

Cost of the event:
Hunt Library Venue $2000
Tshirts $2500
Food $1500

We must reach our goal of $6000, to cover the costs, no later than 1 May 2013. Otherwise, compromises will need to be made. Make sure you let everyone know that this is an excellent event to sponsor. This year, there is an excellent opportunity for smaller local companies to sponsor the event and receive recognition online at an affordable rate. The sponsorship form is live and accepts credit cards. http://trilug.org/barcamp/sponsorship/

Spread the word! If you are a member of an open source group, invite your group and encourage them to sign up. The more people who know, the more ideas, speakers, topics, and potential sponsors we will have. The absolute best way you can help, right now, is to talk about BarCampRDU 2013 with everyone you can think of. If you have heard a great talk lately, reach out and invite that speaker to attend and present. If you can do a talk, plan on it! If you have a topic idea share it with us. Talk about BarCampRDU every chance you get. Talk to someone about BarCampRDU 2013 everyday!!

Volunteer to take lead on one of our online resources:

We need some volunteers to step up and help organize information on the wiki. http://barcamp.org/w/page/401431/BarCampRDU

If you would like to take on one of these resources to help promote the event let us know.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/barcamprdu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarCampRDU
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100257218285335524246

New this year:
WordPress Authors – We have the capability to have mulitple users on our new self-hosted WordPress site. Let me know if you would like to have an “Author” account so you can post photos and content to the site. It would be really awesome for a number of folks to have the WordPress app on their phones, so pictures and content can be posted during the event. Content posted to the WP site will be automatically sent to Twitter.

Google Hangout Operators – It would be awesome to broadcast live and automatically record to Youtube, as many talks as possible via Google Hangouts (which is very easy). To achieve this, we need volunteers who are willing to operate a laptop with a web cam during a few talks. The more volunteers the better. All the Google Hangout volunteers should plan to do a hangout together, prior to the event, to practice and go over a few recording tips.

Capturing this great event, for sharing online, will spark more interest for future events.

Signup now to volunteer for this awesome event!

http://trilug.org/barcamp/volunteer/

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Triangle Python Users Group

by admin on March 12, 2013

tripython-bannerPython users in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill/Carrboro) North Carolina region meet on the fourth Thursday of each month (except for the November and December special meetings on the third Thursdays). We welcome you to join us. We are a small, fun-loving band of Python® zealots trying to learn more. We have a very loose organization, charge no dues, and range from newbies to gurus. We are focused on improving the usability of Python products through self-education and outreach.

Triangle Python Users Group is a BarCampRDU Partner Organization. Be sure to check out trizpug.org

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Splatspace- Durham’s Hackerspace

by admin on March 12, 2013

SplatSpaceSplat Space is a work, play, and hobby space where people with common interests, primarily in technology, can meet to socialize and collaborate. We are a non-profit, member-driven organization. We’re located at 331 W. Main Street in Downtown Durham, and we have weekly open houses every Tuesday at 7pm. All are welcome!

Splat Space is a BarCampRDU Partner Organization. Be sure to check out splatspace.org

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