What Is BarCamp Nashville?

BarCamp Nashville is a free, annual unconference that brings together the local tech community to explore, share and connect. Anyone with something to contribute or a desire to learn is invited to present a session, help as an organizer, or serve as a volunteer. With crowd-sourced sessions and ample time for networking, BarCamp Nashville is a day for getting involved, sharing your passions, and discovering and exploring new interests and ideas.

What's So Great About It?

Well, for starters, it’s doesn’t cost you anything! It’s unbelievable to see how far Nashville has grown since the beginning, but BarCamp Nashville is still a grassroots event aimed at bringing together newcomers to the city with locally-sourced talent. The purpose is to create a welcoming atmosphere for anyone looking to improve the Nashville tech scene with us.

When Is It?

Please join us on Saturday, October 21, to connect with developers, product managers, UX designers, tech entrepreneurs, and other digital doers and freelancers at Tech Hill Commons, near the Fairgrounds off Nolensville Pike in South Nashville. Meet new friends, connect with old ones, and learn from like-minded professionals who have built successful businesses and grown alongside this great city.

Why Should I Attend?

Attendees at BarCamp are encouraged to get involved through volunteering, presenting a session, or learning from others. If you’re involved in the tech space in any way, we want to hear from you! Sharing your passions (both personal and professional) will help the community grow and better understand Nashville’s rich tech talent. Past sessions have included “How To Be A Six-Figure Developer,” “Confessions of a Remote Worker,” “Mindfulness at Work” and even “Roast Your Own Coffee with A Popcorn Popper.” Clearly, the sky’s the limit.

We are proud to be the go-to community gathering for Nashville tech heads. Almost all of the city’s digital leaders (Dave Delaney, Kate O’Neill, Marcus Whitney, Nicholas Holland, Knight Stivender, and many others) have been directly involved in BarCamp at some point in time. We’re proud to have such a rich history and can’t wait for another amazing event in 2017!

A Few Other Reasons ...

  • BarCamp Nashville is FREE, thanks to our sponsors.
  • BarCamp Nashville is a great place to meet people.
  • BarCamp Nashville is for the entire tech community.
  • BarCamp Nashville is where people from all corners come together.
  • BarCamp Nashville is a great place to start your speaking career.
  • BarCamp Nashville is an opportunity to establish your credibility on a subject.
  • BarCamp Nashville is a great way to connect with business that support the tech community.

Customization. The people who sign up to attend the event are the ones who determine the topics for the unconference.

Freedom. If you’re in a session and it’s not what you thought it would be, or there are two sessions happening simultaneously and you want to catch a little bit of each, simply get up quietly and walk out. It’s not rude. In fact, it’s encouraged. It’s your event – get as much out of it as you can.

Conversation. Did you get a lot of information at a session and want to continue the conversation? Grab a table or a comfy chair, some fellow attendees, and keep talking! You don’t have to attend a session in every time slot. We only ask that you vacate the session rooms in a timely fashion so that the next group of presenters and attendees has adequate time to prepare.

Flexibility. Can’t stay the whole day? Not a problem. Come when you can. Stay for as long as you can. Leave when you like. You set your own schedule for the day. But we'd love to have you stick around for the entire event if you can! (Just be sure to come early enough if you want a t-shirt!)

If you’re looking for a way to connect with the local tech community, grow in your field, and meet new friends, join us on October 21 for BarCamp Nashville 2017!

History of BarCamp Nashville

In Spring 2007, Marcus Whitney and Dave Delaney devised a plan to bring the legendary BarCamp-style unconference to Nashville. The objective was simple: to put Nashville on the digital map. While the world knew Nashville as the home of country music, it often overlooked that some very talented technology-savvy people lived in NashVegas too. With the help of fellow organizers Kelly Stewart and Dean Shortland, and the BarCamp Nashville crew and sponsors, they built an unforgettable event.

The first BarCamp Nashville was held August 18, 2007, at Exit/In and Cafe Coco. The Exit/In featured a pre-scheduled stage, while Cafe CoCo offered a more traditional sign-up-and-speak style, more true to BarCamp form. New media luminaries graced both venues for what was acclaimed as a celebration of the digerati. The event ran for 12 hours from noon to midnight which gave it a true festival feel (as did the 100+ degree temperatures and ample cold beverages).

Keeping community in mind, Whitney and Delaney handed BarCamp over to the BarCamp Nashville crew. Passing the BarCamp torch has become an annual custom to keep the event fresh each year, as well as to involve new members of the Nashville tech community.

In September 2008, Plugged In, Inc. was formed to provide financial stewardship, risk management, and volunteer leadership development for BarCamp Nashville and other locally organized unconferences. In 2017, BarCamp Nashville is now under the guidance of the newly-established Technologist Federation of Nashville, a non-profit organization formed to support and grow the talent of the Nashville technology community through educational groups and events. 

In recent years, Nashville has received the spotlight in the tech and digital community, becoming home to a wealth of tech-savvy businesses and startups. Many credit BarCamp Nashville with providing the catalyst for bringing together the local tech community and sparking the "slew of geek-related opportunities" that followed.

BarCamp Nashville 2017 will mark the eleventh consecutive year that the event will be held in Music City. Hundreds of people continue to attend each year for a new exchange of information and ideas.