Open Buddha

Open Source Buddhism, Technology, and Geekery
Bay Area, California

I'm going to camp in a couple of weeks...

Seattle Mind Camp 1.0 was an event that happened last fall in Seattle. It’s a 24 hour geekfest with people. I found out about it at the last minute and wasn’t able to go because it was sold out and I had a school conflict.

Well, Seattle Mind Camp 2.0 is happening at the end of the month and I just signed up to attend.

Here is the description from the site:

Seattle Mind Camp is a self-organizing, digitally minded, entrepreneur-driven, overnight Seattle confab.
  • What: A weekend, 24-hour, multi-track event. Think huge space with breakout rooms, broadband Wi-Fi, projectors, white boards - and you.
  • Who: 200 of Seattle's forward thinkers: techies, entrepreneurs, executives, gamers, artists, and anyone else with a great idea.
  • When: Mind Camp will take place on April 29-30, 2006
  • Why: Why not?
What happens when you put 200 of Seattle's smartest geeks in a creative environment for 24 hours? We're not sure either, but we'd like to find out. It's time to meet and connect with those involved in the interesting projects going on in Seattle in a relaxed environment. Come, camp out, create. How can I attend? So you want to be there? Cool. We just have a few things you should know:
  1. All attendees are expected to participate in some fashion, so come ready to share the things you have been working on or that get you excited.
  2. Mind Camp is an NDA-free zone. If you can’t talk about it, don’t bring it up. Likewise, if you want something kept secret, just let those around you know.
  3. If you are cool with the above and want to secure your spot, send an email to register@seattlemind.com letting us know you want to be there.
Can I bring anything? Sure. Being that Mind Camp is an overnight event, you should wear (or bring) comfortable clothing, a sleeping bag, and some snacks. We will take care of breakfast, lunch, and dinner – the rest of the time, you are at the mercy of your cooler. One thing – this is an alcohol-free event. We may throw out a few requests for other items as the event draws near, but for now, don’t worry about it.

A brief, pseudo-documentary from 1.0 is available at http://students.washington.edu/natetrue/mindcamp/.

Here is a list of session ideas for the 2.0 camp and one from the previous 1.0 camp. Some kick ass shit here.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an article about the 1.0 camp at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/246392_geeks29.html. The Seattle Times’ article is here. Things like this are why I like working in tech. My grandfather was an engineer and I am the only other propeller head in the family.

R called me a “nerd” when I told her that I wanted to attend. It looks like fun and open ended though.