Off to FooCamp09 in Sebastopol, CA…

“We’ve invited about 250 Friends Of O’Reilly (aka Foo), people who’re doing interesting works in fields such as mobile, big data, cloud computing, open government, gaming, open source programming, computer security, hardware hacking, geolocation, cognition, and all manner of emerging technologies to share their works-in-progress, show off the latest tech toys and hardware hacks, and tackle challenging problems together. We’ll have some planned activities, but much of the agenda will be determined by you. We’ll provide space, electricity, a wireless network, and a wiki. You bring your ideas, enthusiasms, and projects. We all get to know each other better, and hopefully come up with some cool ideas about how to change the world.”

“Foo Camp will be as good as participants make it. Be prepared to lead or participate in a session, ask interesting questions, show off what you’re working on, and generally leave your mark on the weekend. It’s a little like Burning Man in that there are no spectators, only participants (much less dust, however). People sometimes ask, "What can I do to be invited back?” and your best bet is to make a (positive) impression by engaging and presenting.“

"We’ll put most of the program together on Friday evening at about 7:30 pm. That’s your first chance to sign up to lead a session. We’ll save some slots on Saturday afternoon and Sunday for those who arrive late or get inspired as the weekend transpires. We’ll have a variety of spaces for sessions–-small-to-large conference rooms, open areas, and meeting-room-sized tents outdoors.”

All attendees are given a link to their profile within a private social network. You connect your Twitter or Facebook account to it and it pulls in your feed. You can see all the attendees, what they’re interested in, make them a friend, or say “I want to meet you.”

Super excited to be a part of this– staying at O’Reilly’s ranch in Sebastapol, CA for the weekend meeting some fascinating people. It’s going to be a great weekend.