BarCamp UAE Un-Conference, Dubai Internet City, May 9th 2009

| Apr 7, 2009 | comment 10 Comments

BarCampAfter the DemoCamps, Tweetups, and Twestival; Dubai will soon be witnessing another interesting event: BarCamp UAE.

BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering, born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. These events are quite intense with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees.

The unconference will be taking place on May 9th 2009 in Dubai Internet City’s Building #3 (Thuraya Conference Hall.)

The concept lies on the basis that everyone is able to teach something and learn something in return, so it is open for all participants to talk, share, discuss, debate, enquire and learn.

Some of the topics that some of the participants will be talking about are: Why it’s the best time to build a great enterprise; Sustainability; Advertising, digital media, social media and more; Web standards; How to build a cohesive presentation; Media in the Middle East; Think tooling your life; and so much more, with people from different background, covering different topics and subjects.
For an idea about the different topics, you can check this link: BarCamp UAE 1 Topics.

People interested in participating can sign up through the following form: BarCamp UAE 1 Sign-up Form.

For more information and details about BarCamp UAE, you can check out the site: BarCamp UAE.

If you’re registered to the StartUpArabia Events iCal feed in your calendar software, the event should already be showing up in your calendar for that day.

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  • Tim Abbott


    Tim of tekSymmetry here:

    The reason it's called BarCamp is because in the US it typically takes place in a Bar. Since the Coffe Shop is the Swank meetup in the region, let's get original atleast.

    CafeCamp, CoffeshopSwap, CafeChat

    Also, usually some work is produced at the end, and not just an idea session.

  • Kedar

    Hi Tim,

    I hear that a lot from people mistaking BarCamp to refer to a popular binge event. :)
    However, contrary to popular perception, the 'bar' prefix is used as a placeholder name, commonly used in programming. The origin of the name too comes from that idea, even though the first BarCamp may have been held in a bar in Palo Alto. (I can't verify that it did conclusively.)
    Anyway, you can find more about placeholder names at

    Additionally, since it is first BarCamp in UAE, we would like to encourage participants to discuss a variety of topics, without being prescriptive. Maybe the next edition, could turn into a niche SocialMediaCamp, or MediaCamp or GreenCamp, who knows? Do you have any ideas for the what the next focussed topic could be?

    - Kedar.

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  • warren4321

    There is not really normal to have such camp in UAE. I would anticipate more thing to be done.

  • ayman abdel nour

    i could not find the way to register in the 9th of may metting???
    the form is not opened ?

  • Mohamed Marwen Meddah

    I just checked and they've updated the site and the software they're using to run it.

    You can now register here:

    I also updated the links above.

  • floatr

    Thanks for the update Mohamed. :)

  • Mohamed Marwen Meddah

    You're welcome :)

  • Mohamed Marwen Meddah

    You're welcome :)

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