2009: Barcamps in Rome

Hi All!

2009 starts with some good news for people interested in innovation, and social media. Two new barcamps will be held in Rome.

The first one is KublaiCamp and will be held next week, on January 24 th.

Kublai is project by Department of Economic Development, which aim is to develop creative projects with strong connections and roots to their regional area (territory), in order to create new opportunities.

The second one is Innovatori PA barcamp, and will be held on May. Innovatori PA

KublaiCamp
KublaiCamp

 means Public Administration Innovators, and it is a social network to create innovation in Italian Public Administration.

In my country, Public Administration has been always considered as something old, and slow. That’s the reason why these two barcamps represent something new, and important. Put together ideas to improve our system and give citizens the right to have a high quality service from Government.

 If you decide to visit Rome… join us!

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An innovative way to help a no-profit project: 24hrsCamp

banneranglesx01In my social media experience, I immediately realized how they can be useful for no-profit organizations or projects.

We can list many reasons: participation, easy access to viral campaign for fundraising, reduced costs, different tools and media for different target, and so on.

These are just some of the benefits a no-profit organization can get from social media.

That’s why I felt so excited when I read about a special event that will be held in Milan next week end: the first 24 hours camp.

What is exactly 24hrsCamp?

The main idea is to create a new ‘format’ in order to overcome the ‘business’ logic and barriers that everybody can find in a company. Finding new methods to do something new and helping people.

For this first event, the goal is to create awareness, collaboration, and debate about maternal child mortality.

Every year more than 500.000 women and 3.5 million of babies die in childbirth.

There are two associations involved in this first project: Terres des hommes and PangeaOnlus.

Another new important element of this event is the mix of different professional skills: project managers, designers, psychologists, journalists, entrepreneurs, marketers will work all together at the same time with the same goal.

Last, but not the least I really like the reasons 24hrsCamp gives to involve people (from 24hrsCamp website):

  1. NUOVE soluzioni, VECCHI problemi
  2. UNA SFIDA CON SE STESSI per CONOSCERE gente interessante
  3. REALIZZERAI un progetto per la comunità

That means:

1. New solutions, old problems

2 .A challenge with themselves to meet new interesting people

3. Create a project for the community

I strongly believe it will be a very successful event!

What do you think about this kind of organization? Do you believe that a 24 hours no-stop Camp could represent an innovative way to manage a project and break old schemas?

Good reasons to attend a Barcamp

RomeCamp 2008

RomeCamp 2008

As I told you in a previous post, I’m going to attend the next RomeCamp.

It will be my first Barcamp, and I have great expectations about it, in terms of ideas, contacts, opinions. After my US experience, this is the first time I have the chance to confront myself with so many different Italian experiences.

I’m a little bit worried about the unconference system, as it is completely new for me.

However, I felt extremely encouraged by reading a post by Valeria Maltoni. After having attended Barcamp Philadelphia, she wrote her top 10 reasons why a BarCamp is better than a company meeting.

So if you haven’t decided yet if attending Romecamp or other Barcamp, I recommend to read her post.

I hope to be able to add some other good reasons after November 22nd!

RomeCamp2008

If you are planning to visit Rome, and you’d like to understand what is happening with technologies and social media in Italy, I suggest you to attend Romecamp2008, that it will be held on November 21st and 22.

As you probably know, barcamp is an open conference, with user-generated contents focused on web technologies, society, open source, etc.

The main topics of Romecamp2008 will focus on how technologies can improve our future, by affecting our society, and changing our environment.

People will talk about green marketing, social media, open sources, SEO. And there will be some debates on different social media experiences. A lot of stuff!

I’m so excited to attend my first barcamp and to report about it on my blog!

If you want to subscribe to Romebarcamp or for any further information, these are the links:

http://barcamp.org/romecamp2008
http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=54168490461
www.romecamp.it