The unconference trend set by BarCamp and other unconference is undergoing rapid adoption and transformation. MindTree’s Osmosis the annual tech fest is going the BarCamp way on the final day. Other noteworthy adaptation is the FilmCamp.in which started off as roof top film festival(RTTF). In tune with the trend of not just passive consumption but active creation, it morphed into bunch of enthusiasts wanting to make movies. Though with all the digital goodness, making movie is still non-trivial. It is not yet a casual solo-play for most aspirants.
Taking this into consideration, FilimCamp organizes one-on-one hands on workshop on film making. Right from ideation to editing and screening is taken care! The most interesting aspect of FilimCamp is it is paid, and the level of participation expected is very intense. There is going to be rapid fire workshops in Chennai as well as Bangalore now and more to come.
MindTree Osmosis is adoption of the unconference trend in corporate/enterprise environ. It serves the purpose of inducing the free and open/sharing culture of unconfrenece within the corp, and also creates better mindshare, and more importantly act as a recruitment ground. But an unconference is only as good as its sessions, interactions and relationships built. Diversity and the mix of participants plays a huge role in success of an unconference. With just a week to go, the MindTree Osmosis participant list looks more like an MindTree internal exercise with hardly any participation leave alone diversity. Lack of visibility, benefits of attendance not obvious, and locational disadvantage can be attributed to the slow uptake thus far. As mentioned earlier, let us see how this works out.
UPDATE: Abhishek Kant has an interesting take on BarCamp Delhi 3, an instance of a BarCamp done outside the city. Abhishek Kant’s registration to actual participation figures.