February 23 (Saturday) & February 24 (Sunday)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The biggest ad-hoc user-generated conference in Hong Kong is back, this time for two days in a row!

That’s right — for a whole weekend, you can meet and learn with fellow geeks and talk about whatever you’re passionate about.

Unlike previous BarCamps, we’ll have sessions that are longer than 30 minutes — if you have a great topic you think should take an hour to present and discuss, go for it! There will also be more time between sessions so that you’ll have more time to network and chat.

Come join us for the weekend. Or just for a day, if you’d like. It’s an unconference; you make the call. (And yes, it’s free.)

What is BarCamp?

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Born in Palo Alto, California in 2005, BarCamp quickly grew into an international network of user-generated conferences, often focusing on early-stage web applications and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats.

You might have heard BarCamp referred to as an unconference. That’s because there’s no speaker list or fixed schedule until the actual event. All content comes from attendees. Anyone can host a session, participate in discussions, demo a project, talk about code, share cautionary tales, and pretty much do anything techy or geeky.

BarCamp Hong Kong has been active since 2007, starting out with only 100 attendees and 30 sessions. Our last few BarCamps have each attracted 400-500 participants, comprising entrepreneurs, designers, developers, media professionals, bloggers, investors and many more. Topics have included open source, user experience, coworking, mobile development, big data, programming jokes (really), and just about any hot topic of the moment. What would you like to talk about this time?

Want to present?

Cool, share what you have in mind on the BarCamp Hong Kong Facebook Page. We’ll have priority scheduling for topics that have the most Likes. Otherwise, be sure to show up early on the day of the event to sign up for a spot!

N00b? (We don’t judge)

Glad you’re interested. Read the FAQs below to learn more about BarCamp.


Who is BarCamp for?

Anyone who is tired of typical conferences filled by boring presentations or sales pitches, really. If you want to experience the real spirit of sharing and learning, BarCamp is for you!

Is an invite or registration required?

No, but it’s very helpful for us organizers to plan ahead! So please take a minute to sign up for the event and spread the word for your friends to do the same. Walk-ins are welcome as long as we’re still within venue capacity.

Are there any rules?

Read the Official Rules of BarCamp, or check out this Unofficial FAQ in Chinese. We celebrate sharing and openness, but BarCamp is not a commercial or promotional platform, so please refrain from pitching your service/organization and deviating from the sharing and learning experience. We also follow the Law of Two Feet.

What should I do if I’d like to host a session?

Come to BarCamp early as we take topic submissions and put together the schedule in the morning. You might also want to post your topic on our Facebook Wall in advance as we provide priority scheduling for topics that receive a lot of Likes. Be sure to read and follow BarCamp rules (see above).

Is BarCamp Hong Kong in English only?

No, Cantonese and Mandarin are most certainly welcome as well. We ask for the spoken language(s) with each topic submission and have the language(s) indicated on the schedule wall.

What should I bring to BarCamp?

Please have a copy of your Eventbrite ticket with you for sign-in (soft copy is fine). If you plan to present or show a demo, bring your own laptop, charger and VGA adapter. And of course, don’t forget your business cards if you’re into networking.

7.) Will there be T-shirts for sale or for grabs?

Unfortunately not this time.

February 23 & 24, 2013

When and/


Saturday, February 23, 9:30am–6pm (Mixer: 7:30pm–9:30pm)
Sunday, February 24, 10am–6pm

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), “a university where innovation meets application”, is no stranger to BarCamp, and we’re happy to be back at PolyU after the incredible BarCamp 2010 there.

There’s also a mixer at CoCoon on the evening of February 23.


We're working out the details, but here's ususally what happens at BarCamp:

Registration & KICK-OFF

9:30am - 11am (Feb. 23) 10am - 11am (Feb. 24)

We start the day with a short session for anyone to submit discussion topics. Arrive early if you plan to speak or introduce yourself (with just 3 words!).


11am - 1pm

Various sessions will take place in different rooms during the day. Follow The Law of Two Feet. Check out the schedule wall for session details.


1pm - 2pm

With so many eateries in Hung Hom, you’re bound to find something you like.


2pm - 6pm (Feb. 23) 2pm - 5pm (Feb. 24)

Sessions continue throughout the afternoon in the same rooms.


5:15pm - 6pm (Feb. 24)

We will wrap up the day with some cool contests or a lucky draw, then take a group shot like this. Don’t forget to help clean up the rooms!


7:30pm - 9:30pm (Feb. 23, at CoCoon)

Because it’s not BarCamp without a bar, right? Thanks to CoCoon for sponsoring!

(Note: Separate sign-up required.)


Gold Sponsors
CoCoon 浩觀
Hong Kong Polytechnic University 香港理工大學
Sliver Sponsors
Supporting Organization
Foak Productions Limited
Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association
Internet Society
Angels & Incubators


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