BarCampMilwaukee2 at Bucketworks

Bucketworks was a big part of making BarCampMilwaukee happen in 2006. Besides providing a venue, James (the leader of Bucketworks) got deeply involved, and he had a great time. BarCamp, with it’s un-conference like traits, is a perfect match for Bucketworks, which bills itself as “a health and fitness club for your brain”

Milwaukee is lucky to have a place like Bucketworks. For BarCampMilwaukee2 some of us are pitching in to help get the place ready. They just moved to a new building, and there is a lot of freakin’ work to do. Last weekend a few of us were there wiring the joint up, pulling ethernet through the ceiling and walls. Once that is complete, we’ll be adding wifi all around. Personally I’d like to see Bucketworks become the place for Milwaukee’s tech/art community to gather.

Who pays for all this? Members do pay a fee, but it’s ridiculously cheap in order to be affordable for everyone. Bucketworks isn’t a huge money making venture. Right now they are trying to raise money for the relocation, and they’ve got 6 people (I’m one of them) who have contributed just $360. Bucketworks is a non-profit, and donating will help ensure they stick around, so help if you can.

(You can see some photos of the new location on Flickr. If you’re lucky, I’ll have a video up soon. If you’re really lucky, you’ll attend Web414 and take the tour.)

If you’re willing to help, get in touch with me. Right now we plan on being there Sept. 1st, 2007 to do more wiring, and see what else we can do to prep for BarCampMilwaukee2, and every day at Bucketworks.


BarCampMilwaukee2: Logo Ideas #1

I came up with a few logo ideas for BarCampMilwaukee2.

BarCampMilwaukee2 Logo Ideas #1

None of these should be considered final in any way, I just wanted to get the ball rolling. I expect others to pitch some ideas out there so we can do this in a collaborative way. With that said, if you have ideas, comments or suggestions, feel free to leave them here, on the Flickr page, or join the BarCampMilwaukee mailing list.


BarCampMilwaukee2: Ideas

We’re in the planning stages of BarCampMilwaukee2 and I’m trying to come up with a few session ideas. We don’t want to do all the same things we did last year in Milwaukee, or earlier this year in Madison. I like fresh ideas.

So what should we do? What should we talk about, present about, have a workshop on? OpenID? I’d like to give an overview and maybe have people set up OpenID on their own sites, or at least sign up with an OpenID provider. I’m still really interested in Drupal, but I’d like to go deeper into it, and maybe look at how to improve your existing Drupal site. I see some weaknesses in Drupal which might be easily remedied if I just knew what to do. LED throwies? I’m hoping I can convince someone I know in Milwaukee to come show us how to make them.

I’m also really interested in doing something like a mini-One Minute Film & Video Festival, where we’d either determine a theme at the beginning of the event (and do a workshop during the day to help aspiring makers) and then do a showing at 10PM Saturday night, or maybe we’d just ask people to put together short videos we could show at night. I think it could be similar to the Wii Fight Midwest at BarCampMadison, in that it was something happening on the big screen, and gave everyone a break from talking and thinking. Some people participated by just being the audience, and that’s actually fine once in a while…

So what ideas do you have?



It was just over a year ago that I tossed out the idea of a BarCamp in Milwaukee, and just a few months later, we pulled it off.

If you want to help with BarCampMilwaukee2 being planned for this fall, join the BarCampMilwaukee Yahoo! Group and get involved in the discussion.

We’ll also be taling about it in real-life meetings, and there is one tonight, Tuesday July 17th, 2007, 7PM, at the July Web414 Meeting. You might also be interested in the Fireseed Group which Justin Kruger heads up, as he has been instrumental in making BarCampMilwaukee happen.

(If you know of any organizations who would like to sponsor BarCampMilwaukee2, please let me know. Thanks!)


Bucketworks is moving!

Good news! Bucketworks is moving… It’s good news because Bucketworks won’t just disappear, but it’s “challenging” news because a lot of work will be involved. But you can help!


As you may know, Bucketworks was a big part of making BarCampMilwaukee happen, and making sure everyone involved had a great time.

Read about the move, and if you can help, please get involved. The folks at Bucketworks (typically) aren’t a bunch of tech geeks, so if you can do networking or help with computer-related things (or anything else really!) step up and do it.

Thanks, yo!