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BarCamp was inspired by an invitation-only participant-driven conference, named Foo Camp. The first BarCamp was held in Palo Alto, California, in 2005. Since then it has become an international trend when it comes to workshop events. According to the BarCamp format, every participant is encouraged to maintain an active role during each session, as well as the planning and promotion of the event. All attendees have the opportunity to suggest session topics in advance or during the event. Many BarCamps implement a hybrid approach, by providing the possibility for onsite and remote online engagement to its participants.
To plan a user-generated event such as BarCamp, there is no need for an organizing committee. The success of a BarCamp, relies solely on the passion and engagement of its participants. The structure of a self-organizing event like BarCamp includes several steps, in order to implement the greatest level of flexibility. At the beginning of the event, all attendees are encouraged to suggest session topics. The suggested topics are then classified and merged according to their content. After that, all participants vote in order to assign the preferred topics to the available time slots.
The agenda of each session is commonly decided by the session owners and their participants. Sessions can be organized as interactive workshops, hackathons, presentations, tutorials, question & feedback rounds. The content of each session is documented by its owners. A joint documentation is then generated and made available after the completion of the event. As an exact opposite of the “no recordings” rule that is implemented during many conferences, BarCamp participants are encouraged to share the information collected during the event, via public web channels.
Session Wall - Day 2: edaBarCamp, Leibniz University of Hannover
edaBarCamp Day 1 - Session 3: Low level EDA
On November 17th and 18th Cadence Academic Network participated at edaBarCamp, that took place at the Leibniz University of Hannover. The implementation of the innovative BarCamp format during the event, set the foundation for a greatly productive meetup. The attendees, representing several companies and universities, collaborated successfully and exchanged ideas regarding the latest EDA industry topics and trends. Session topics included Formal AMS verification, Open source EDA tools, Virtual platforms, System-level sensitivity analysis, and Applications for highly distributed embedded platforms. The content of each session that took place during the edaBarCamp event is available here.