The Return of NewBCamp
By Sara Streeter
Last February there was a new kid in town, an event that brought people new to technology together with the geeks to learn from one another. NewBCamp returns this February with a year's worth of word of mouth publicity behind it. NewBCamp is the little "unconference" that could. This time around there is a brand new website at NewBCamp.com, a labor of love built on the django framework by Adam Tucker, Andrew Shearer, and myself. The site is powered by a wiki-style engine that enables users to create pages, make comments, and add their own presentation to the event schedule. There is also plenty of content from last year available on the site, featuring links to images and articles contributed by such noteworthies as Christopher S. Penn of PodCamp, Daniel Barbarisi of the Providence Journal, Pamela O'Hara of BatchBlue, and others, as well as the now iconic photo of Matthew Ebel wearing the NewBCamp T-shirt - on his head.
This year NewBCamp has taken on a new identity as well. Free Geek Providence, a non-profit organized by Nathan Hutnak to "help the needy get nerdy", has adopted NewBCamp as its own in order to promote the growth of the event to schools beyond the flagship NewBCamp organized by the student technology club SofT ICE at Johnson & Wales University. With the anticipated growth of Free Geek, the continued support of Providence Geeks, and the generous contributions of time, interest and knowledge of the participants themselves, NewBCamp will again be an opportunity for all of us to make technology that much more accessible to the needy, newbies, and nerds alike.