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BarCamp Auckland 2007 was a success

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Dec-2007 13:30

I got up at 5am to catch the red eye from Wellington to Auckland on a Saturday morning, just to attend the BarCamp Auckland 2007 - and I wasn't disappointed.

Ludwig Wendzich did a great job organising the event. The location was great, and the infrastructure provided was really good - including wireless Internet access, meeting rooms, support, coffee, lunch and a LCD with live Twitter updates.

Whoever wrote he was too young to pull this off was wrong.

I tell you that: if you didn't go to BarCamp Auckland 2007 because of this, then you missed a great deal of technical information and good networking. And the lunch.

I counted about 80 people around there, and attended five sessions throughout the day. Robert O'Callahan presented Mozilla 3.0 - didn't you know parts of the Mozilla development is made in Auckland, good old New Zealand? Now you know.

Mainly the new Firefox 3.0 seems to bring lots of graphics and typography updates, including video - but Robert wasn't able to tell us exactly what happened to the "offline application" framework that was presented to another audience earlier this year during the Kiwi Foo Camp.

Simon Young led a session on using social media for PR work - with some good comments on this. And Nigel Parker ran a session on new Microsoft technologies - hey it's not only Open Source there!

I had the opportunity to meet some Geekzoners during the event, as well as meet old and new friends. Also met a couple of Vodafone New Zealand folks and a Telecom New Zealand guy attending the event. Good to see them there!

By 5pm I was in a cab heading to the airport to fly back home - a long day, but worth it. Certainly coming back for the next one.

You can see pictures on Flickr tagged as BarCampAuckland.

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