Barcamp ignites sharing among technology-savvy enthusiasts


Eager participants checking out the time slots for various activities, workshop, and talk at Barcamp event.
More than one hundred over participants recently converged for a one of a kind 'BarCamp' held at KDU College, Penang to share with each other on various tech and creative topics such as photography, digital videography, HTMLs, cloud computing, safe online shopping and more. Since its inception, it has been gradually picking up "campers' since it was first held in 2008 with its international network of user-generated conferences concept taking off successfully after being held in over 350 cities around the world.

A non-profit event, participants from teens to the seniors came as early as 8 am to share and learn from each other by embracing freedom of information. One excited participant, Mr.Goy, a member of Free Style Inline Skate Club Penang who was also speaker for the topic Inline Skate said, "I am more than willing to introduce this popular sport hobby to others. Besides, free style inline skating has proven that it is a healthy positive sports to deter youths from vices. In Korea skating has become a popular recreation among youths.

Another interesting session, "How to fly like Harry Potter" which was conducted by Daniel Low also attracted many participants with a few even volunteering to be his 'model' during the workshop. A highly experienced photographer himself, he taught the class about taking levitation photographs which is highly popular among newlyweds who want an out-of-this world photo experience in their wedding albums.

Embracing the modern culture by using the social networks to help his business, speaker and entrepreneur Mr Chan from Chan Brothers shared that he quickly adopted the idea of using Facebook at work for all his staffs and found it to be helpful in his networks which managed to rope in business for the company. He also educated the audience on how to use the social network to attract customers.

As such, for these eager participants, it was a mind-boggling experience as they had to choose which sessions they wanted to attend as there were various interesting topics on-going at the same time.

At the end of the day, when the event draw to a close, happy 'campers' were seen exchanging contacts to keep in touch with each other. Amy Leow, KDU's Business Development Manager said that events like this has bonded people to share and learn in an open environment. Students who attended learned soft skills from discussions, this is an asset for managers looking for well-rounded employees.

For more information on the programmes and activities happening in KDU University College PJ, call 03-77288123 / email best@kdu.edu.my, or log on to their official website at www.kdu.edu.my.

For KDU College Penang, call 04-2266368 / email best@kdupg.edu.my, or log on to www.kdupg.edu.my.