As a co-founder of Be2camp, the online network for people interested in applying Web 2.0 approaches to the architecture, engineering, construction and property sector, I am – of course – completely biased about the achievements of the community. Take last Friday, for example….
… On a zero budget, we managed to organise a Be2camp North workshop event in Liverpool that attracted about 20 people in real-life and more than three times that number who watched and even contributed (via UStream, Skype, Twitter, feedback on CoverItLive, SlideShare, and in Second Life). Remote speakers from London, New Zealand (it was past midnight in Wellington when David Harrison talked about BIM and micro-blogging), Illinois and Wisconsin talked to the audience (online and offline) and responded questions from both groups (spread around the world, in France, Australia and Denmark, among other places). The Twitter-verse was abuzz with Be2campnorth chat to the extent that at one point the event even rivalled the Eurovision song contest as a trending topic on Twitter, and we had also had fun demonstrating Bubblino – Adrian McEwen’s fantastic Twitter-powered bubble-blowing robot (prompting Twitter comment about bubbles appearing to be coming out of my head when I spoke on construction PR and marketing in the Web 2.0 world!).
Now the talk is about where next. Over the past week, I’ve listened to people considering Be2camp events in Sydney, Chicago, Scandinavia, Birmingham and (today) Toronto. And in early June, I will be meeting with potential supporters from another industry event to discuss a potential co-hosted Be2camp in London later this year.
The Be2camp movement has yet to celebrate its first anniversary and has already attracted nearly 200 members, and is now showing clear signs of expanding into an international collaborative network. Long may it continue!
[Update, 22 May 2009: there are now plans to celebrate Be2camp’s first birthday on Tuesday 16 June with a series of “Be2Party” Tweet-ups wherever groups of people interested in the built environment can be persuaded to get-together.]