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The BarCamp has left the building.

The second BarCamp in Hamburg was one of this year’s pleasant surprises. From the good management, the roomy location and the really delicious catering to the interesting sessions it succeeded in motivating its participants. But then again, the latter may be connected. Who wants to meet on an empty stomach?
The only issue was that the initial timetable was a bit ambitious starting with breakfast at 8:30 h. It resulted in a reschedule of the key note to 10:30 h. Seems like the web crowd cannot be convinced to show up that early on a weekend.

The sessions covered a wide range of topics i.e. viral marketing of a community, writing and publishing books, Barack Obama’s online campaign and even fun sessions like analyzing cat communities (lolcats anyone?).

A novelty was the high demand for tech-topics like server scalability, load-balancing and the alike. One of these sessions even had to change rooms and in the end filled the first 4 rows of the main room.

The statistics of the sixgroups.com Livecommunity of the BarCamp speak for themselves: A BarCamp is a TwitterCamp. Over the course of the event 2269 tweets showed up, making #bchh08 a trending topic on twitter.com and even beating Berlin’s Webexpo 2008 who lead to 1910 tweets (running 3 days). More statistics can be found on the blog of one of the organizers.

This BarCamp really raised the bar for the next ones to come.
In short: See you all next year!