Friday, March 23, 2007

BarCampUSA Cancelled

Disappointing news, although this is the first time I've discussed this outside a select group of people for some time a few of us been concerned at the lack of progress from the BarCampUSA management team.

I guess the old adage about you cant pay too much for good project management skills because the clock will always keep on ticking rings true yet again.

Full refunds are being made so no one is really out of pocket but I personally invited a large number of you to participate and some of you have provided substantial amounts of time for the various areas.

It saddens me that the concept of a 'mega barcamp' isn't going to eventuate, at least not in Wisconsin, I still believe that with the right management team driving the project this concept can be revitalized, in another part of the world, at another time, and I look forward to being a part of it.


Dean Collins
Cognation Pty Ltd
+1-212-203-4357 Ph

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> On Behalf Of Ken Rheingans
> Sent: Thursday, 22 March 2007 10:15 PM
> To: BarCamp USA
> Subject: BarCamp USA has been canceled
> I am sorry to announce that BarCamp USA has been canceled.
> While many of us were excited about the possibilities of the event it
> has become clear that we simply would not have the funds necessary to
> cover key expenses that were going to be due in May. (high speed
> broadband, event insurance, venue, etc.) In total, over $50,000 was
> going to be needed.
> Many of us here in Wisconsin recently hosted BarCamp Madison
> which was a great success with about 150 people
> in attendance. We are looking forward to hosting that event again in
> the future.
> If you purchased a ticket for BarCamp USA you should be getting a
> refund notice and credit applied to your card.
> There has been some discussion about a possible alternative event.
> Check or the BarCamp USA general Google group for
> updates on that.
> If you have any questions check the BarCamp USA Google Group and/or
> send an email to me.
> Ken Rheingans

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