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Foo Camp is an annual hacker event hosted by publisher O'Reilly Media.
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Foo Camp is an annual hacker event hosted by publisher O'Reilly Media.
Other key events include the Strata Conference on big data, the Velocity Conference on Web Performance and Operations, and FOO Camp.


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In 2005, a complementary alternative BarCamp was created by a past attendee of Foo Camp and a few individuals who were interested in organizing their own version of Foo Camp, and hosted at the Socialtext offices in Palo Alto, California, by Socialtext founder Ross Mayfield, with an open invitation to anyone who wanted to join.
The name BarCamp is a playful allusion to the event's origins, with reference to the programmer slang term, foobar: BarCamp arose as an open-to-the-public alternative to Foo Camp, which is an annual invitation-only participant-driven conference hosted by Tim O'Reilly.


O'Reilly describes it as "the wiki of conferences", where the program is developed by the attendees at the event, using big whiteboard schedule templates that can be rewritten or overwritten by attendees to optimize the schedule; this type of event is sometimes called an unconference.
Sarah Winge, the organizer (with Tim O'Reilly) of Foo Camp, an early unconference, drew on her experience of open space and conversations with Harrison Owen to develop the format.


Sara had always wanted to run a foo bar, an open bar for Friends of O'Reilly, at one of O'Reilly's conferences.

Science Foo Camp

O'Reilly has since held a series of topical Foo Camps at Google Headquarters, including Science Foo Camp, Collective Intelligence Foo Camp, Social Graph Foo Camp, and others.
The event is based on the spirit and format of Foo Camp, an unconference focused on emerging technology, and is designed to encourage collaboration between scientists who would not typically work together.

Tim O'Reilly

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The event started as a joke between Tim O'Reilly and Sara Winge, O'Reilly's VP of Corporate Communications.

Mafia (party game)

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The Werewolf variant of Mafia became widespread at major tech events, including the Game Developers Conference, ETech, Foo Camps, and South By Southwest.


delivered at O'Reilly's Foo Camp and later detailed at length in Griffith's Long Now talk entitled Climate Change Recalculated.


A prototype version of the site, complete with the initial content of electronics, cooking, kiting, and bicycle projects, was released in August 2005 at the O'Reilly Foo Camp conference.

Open Space Technology

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For example, several approaches other than OST are often called "unconferences", e.g. FooCamp and BarCamp.


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The Chumby premiered on August 25, 2006 at Foo Camp and was released to around 100 alpha release testers at the event.


The conference is invitation-only and self-organized, originally inspired by Tim O'Reilly's Foo Camp.

Billy Hoffman

He has given talks on multiple subjects at such conferences as Interz0ne, Outerz0ne, SkyDogCon, Toorcon, Black Hat Federal, PhreakNIC, FooCamp, O'Reilly Media Emerging Technology Conference, and ShmooCon.

Andrea Phillips

Phillips has been a presenter at numerous industry gatherings, including Foo Camp 2010, South by Southwest 2010, and an MIT conference on "Storytelling 3.0".

Scott Beale (cultural curator)

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Examples are images and videos of art groups and events like SantaCon, Survival Research Labs, Cacophony Society, RE/Search, monochrom, XOXO, ROFLcon, FooCamp, Burning Man and Maker Faire.

Richard Kilmer

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He has also been a consistent contributor at the Foo Camp events put on by O'Reilly Media and is a technology blogger.

Charles Armstrong (ethnographer)

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Following Armstrong's experimental constitution for the Scillonia Digital Workshop his interest in electronic democratic systems was reignited by a conversation with Joi Ito at Foo Camp in 2008.

Hacker culture

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Foo Camp is an annual hacker event hosted by publisher O'Reilly Media.