BarCampMilwaukee2 at Schlitz Park Center

We stopped by the new venue for BarCampMilwaukee2 on Saturday… if you missed the news, we had to change venues, as Bucketworks will not be ready in time to host the event. Bucketworks is still involved, and are the ones who managed to get this new space for us. Anyway, we took a look at the place, and did a bit of cleanup and planning. The new space provides some challenges, but nothing we can’t overcome. First, some photos…

Schlitz Park Center

This is what you will be looking for when you arrive at BarCampMilwaukee2. That’s the door you go in. You may need to give your name to a security guard, so make sure we have your real name.

Inside the place, it’s pretty much wide open. We’ll do our best at breaking up the space, there are not really separate rooms, it’s just one big room. (It was a cube farm.) There are outlets as needed, but bring a power strip. There should be wifi access points, BUT! (and here’s the BIG BUT) We have no connection to the internet! Yup, that’s right… as of right now, there is no connection to the outside world, which, sort of sucks. This is the biggest problem we have to fix. And we’ve got under 30 days to do it. If you can help with this, let us know. It’s top of the list right now.

And now, more photos…

Put the wires in the holes! Photo by Gabe Photo by Gabe Photo by Gabe

Some good news: We will have plenty of parking, there are bathrooms and vending machines right outside the big room, the floors are carpeted and nice to sit on. It’s clean, there are nice windows to look out of, and… it’ll work. We really could use an internet connection though…

Schlitz Park Center (Panorama)

One more photo, a panoramic view of the whole space. You’ll really need to view the large version for the full effect…

(P.S. If you can help us get an internet connection, please let us know.)


BarCampMilwaukee2 Moves Forward


As of this week we have a month until BarCampMilwaukee2 happens, and things are pretty much on schedule. There is one big change of note though, it will not be held at Bucketworks.

Bucketworks moved into their new home just a few months ago, and they still aren’t settled. While it would have been a great venue for the event, we just couldn’t make it happen in time. A lot of people pitched in to help get Bucketworks ready, and I personally appreciate all of the effort, and hope people don’t feel it was wasted. The concept of Bucketworks (a physical wiki) is a great one, and Bucketworks will continue, we just can’t pull off having BarCampMilwaukee2 there.

That said, Bucketworks is still our venue sponsor and did find a new location! There are some photos and a video of the space, and we’ll have more details when they are available.

So it is happening, there is no doubt about that. We just moved it. Just like those people who move your cheese. Sort of.

So if you are interested in attending BarCampMilwaukee2 on Oct 13/14, 2007, please sign up on the site. I look forward to seeing you there. Oh, and sign up sooner rather than later, because it will help with capacity planning, and help to ensure that you get a shirt, and some food to eat. (And if you have money, we’d like it even more if you went to the donation page. :)


BarCampMilwaukee2: Session Ideas

I’ve proposed a few sessions for BarCampMilwaukee2. I really need to stop. I don’t want to do too much, and I want others to be able to get a chance, but dammit, I just get BarCampFever sometimes!

We will be doing intro sessions to start things off, and I think it’s really important to promote Creative Commons. We are going to suggest (but not require) that people post their photos, video, code, etc. under open licenses, and try to explain why this is a Good Idea. I’ve been wanting to talk about CC to many of the locals for a while now.

This is one where I don’t know how it will go, Internet for Kids. As a total net-nerd, with kids, I may know too much about how things work, so sometimes I’m not sure what I should or should not let my kids do online. Do we follow high-tech solutions (proxies, blocking) or low-tech (sit with them and watch what they do.) Mainly looking for advice and ideas here.

And of course, Popsicle Sticks 2.0… Yeah, that’s right. You think you’ve built things with Popsicle Sticks before? Total Popsicle Sticks 1.0 – this is the Next Generation of Popsicle Stick Building! (I hope…)

Oh yeah, I also tossed out the idea of a mini-remote-control helicopter rally, and at least one person seemed totally hyped up about it. Did I mention the ceiling at Bucketworks is like 50 feet tall in the big room?


BarCampMilwaukee2 Planning Rolls On…

We held a Tech Cafe on Saturday, August 18th, 2007 at Bucketworks. Justin brought us food and drinks, and we discussed BarCampMilwaukee2, which will take place on Oct 13/14, 2007.

Oh, the BarCampMilwaukee2 site is up and ready to go at Feel free to go there and sign up and start filling it with content. Blake did a great job on the site.

BarCampMilwaukee2 (Signage?)

I won’t get into the details of the meeting here, since what we discussed will most likely show up on the site, and on the list, but things are going good. Bucketworks is in need of a few things, and we’re hoping we can help provide them, or find people that can.


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.