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ArchCamp Unconference

A Bay-area unconference about backend architecture, scaling patterns, and specific technologiesused to build kick-ass systems.

~ Who? ~

You! ArchCamp is for hackers, by hackers. All sessions will be lead by participants (that’s you again), so if you’re a business guy or tech recruiter, sit this one out, however, anybody who is interested in contributing or learning is always welcome. (to clarify, a hacker is anybody who produces code or architecture).

~ How will we be running our unconference? ~

  • 3 sessions at a time by 3 three time slots.
  • Time slots are 25 minutes.
  • The people who come are the best people who could have come.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened.It starts when it starts.
  • It’s over when it’s over.
  • The Law of Two Feet (“If you are not learning or contributing to a talk or presentation or discussion it is your responsibility to find somewhere where you can contribute or learn”).

~ Brainstorming ~

This time we are trying to do a little pre-brainstorming on the planning wiki (requires a git-hub account to edit, but surely you already have one).

Please propose session ideas! The more discussion we have in advance the better the event will be. Also we are doing lightning talks. The only requirements are 1) keep it technical and interesting 2) keep it under 5 minutes.

again, plan here

~ Summary! ~

  • Thursday October 20th
  • Palantir in Palo Alto
  • Networking starts at 6
  • Un-conference starts at 6:30 (SHARP!), goes to 8:30
  • Beers afterwards!

~ What is an Unconference? ~

An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. This means we avoid high fees, sponsored presentations (and sales pitches), and a top-down organization.

Unconfrences are self organizing and organic, but there is still a schedule. Unlike a traditional conference this schedule starts out blank. The schedule is filled in through a scrum-like process of people proposing subjects, voting on them, and placing them on the schedule. This usually takes 15 minutes. The sessions are moderated by those who proposed them.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    We got into a lot of interesting discussions. There was a breakout discussing what a "CloudOS" might look like. I think PaaS, powered by IaaS and deterministic configuration management systems will replace the self-service components of "operating systems" and operating systems will literally be systems which are operating as implementations on top of platform services. I think platform services will become more flexible and interoperable (i.e. open source, open-standards) as private implementations of operating systems become more application oriented. Distribution models that are based on pre-packaged, pre-compiled code are likely to be replaced by deterministic, data-driven, configuration managed, self-serviceable, flexible, multi-tenant platforms which instantiate application oriented systems in operation. It may also mean that embedded parts of a system are going to be much more hardware oriented and less application oriented as they probably should have been all along.

    October 21, 2011

  • Hamid R. T.

    It was great. Good conversation, good food, good venue.

    October 21, 2011

  • Greg L.

    Sadly, I will be in Moscow that day. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun without me!

    October 10, 2011

  • Adam H.

    Please help spread the word about the event!

    October 10, 2011

  • Adam H.

    Venue and date is 99% locked down! Will announce the location (in PA) shortly.

    September 21, 2011

  • Adam H.

    still working on getting a place that can hold ~100 people

    September 9, 2011

  • Adam H.

    The date will likely slip again by a few weeks. I'm finalizing a place that will be able to hold a much larger crowd than the usual 30-50 due to the popularity of the unconference. Hopefully the venue and date will be set within a week or so.

    August 26, 2011

  • David C.

    Adam: Is the date set? I want to promote but wanna make sure we're good on everything

    August 26, 2011

  • Kev B.

    2 Weeks away. What's the program?

    August 16, 2011

  • Stephen J.

    Hi Adam!
    I'm at Akamai Technologies ( in San Mateo. I'm trying to have great Meetup groups have their meetings at our office.
    I was wondering if you can have your next Meetup meeting at our office in San Mateo. Your speakers can give your presentation, then our engineers can give their short presentation. We can provide pizza and/or snacks, and beer and other drinks of course. :-)

    Please let me know how we can do this. My email: [masked]

    Stephen Jo

    July 27, 2011

  • Adam H.

    I don't have a location for this yet, nor do I have time to plan it for the current date, I'm going to have to push it to the end of august. Sorry everybody :(

    P.S. If you have a location contact me!

    July 25, 2011

  • Adam H.

    lets get a venue before we post out to other groups, and on this note. Where should the event be hosted? our last unconference was at the Hacker Dojo. A good venue for ~75 people. But I have a feeling this one will be larger.

    June 27, 2011

  • howard d.

    Any more details?? Is the date definite? I will post to technology-events, if so.

    June 27, 2011

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