Microsoft were one of the sponsors of last weekend’s BarCampLondon5, so I spend an very enjoyable time talking to a whole host of technical folk about all sorts of things, not all of them technical, but all very interesting 🙂
If you have never been to a BarCamp before, which I hadn’t, check out the Wikipedia for some background information. BarCamp is really characterised as “All attendees are encouraged to present or facilitate a session. Everyone is also asked to share information and experiences of the event, both live and after the fact, via public web channels including (but not limited to) blogging, photo sharing, social bookmarking, wiki-ing”
As you can see from the photos, the participation grows organically, and can be very ad-hoc, and the sessions range from quite slick presentation to very informal discussions.