One of the most rewarding things I did in 2008 was to help organise Be2camp 2008, the UK’s – possibly the world’s – first ‘unconference’ focused on Web 2.0 and its applicability to the ‘built environment’ (commonly understood as architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and property sectors). It was held in London’s Building Centre on 10 October.
After a Tweet-up at last week’s EcoBuild and some groundwork by Adrian McEwen (McFilter blog), we are now preparing to hold another Be2camp event. Be2camp North will take place at FACT in Liverpool on Friday 15 May. More details will appear shortly on the Be2camp website.
OK, I can’t be completely impartial about the event, but I reckon that you would be hard-pushed to find a better opportunity to meet other people interested in applying Web 2.0 approaches to AEC issues. Be2camp 2008 featured a wealth of presentations – almost all of them available online here – including:
- Free our data (by Charles Arthur, of The Guardian)
- Death to email (by Suw Charman-Anderson)
- Charrettes: The Deptford Experience (by Andrew Carmichael)
- Consultatative planning (by Rob Annable)
- Social networks for new developments (by ResidentsHQ‘s Asesh Sarkar)
- Cloud Computing (Jim McHale, Memoori)
- From content to community (Phil Clark, Building magazine)
- CiClops: Construction Industry Collaborative Planning System (Vassos Chrysostomou)
- OpenStreetMap (Tom Chance)
- Carbon footprints (Jamie Andrews, AMEE)
We hope that the Liverpool event will attract a similarly stellar set of bloggers and other participants from both the AEC and web 2.0 worlds. With luck, I will be there to talk about integrating PR, marketing and web 2.o for construction people, but – as with all unconferences or Barcamp-type events – the success of the day will be entirely dependent upon who else participates and contributes.
If you want to be part of the Be2camp North Conversation, register on the Be2camp website now.