It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce I will not be running BarCamp Manchester in 2017. It has been an amazing three years, but right now I just have way too much on to be able to cope with adding a two-day unconference for over 200 people into the mix. I considered running something smaller scale, but I don’t think this would do the event justice, considering attendance has risen from 140 in 2014 to over 200 in 2016. The event has gone from strength to strength, and it just goes to show how awesome the community is. I stand by what I say every year. BarCamp’s are made by the people who attend them, my job ends after the opening talk, after that, it’s all down to you.
Organising a BarCamp is hands down one of the best things I have ever done. I won’t lie to you, it takes hundreds of hours of work every year, but I can guarantee that it’s worth every second of it if you have the time to spare.
While I wouldn’t like to say never, it is highly unlikely at this time that BarCamp will return in 2018 under my command, but a BarCamp should never be down to one person, so I’m just going to look after it until the next person comes along. I’m also happy to ‘help out’, passing on what I know, what I’ve learned and any other advice I can offer.
I’ll maintain the website, email and social media accounts, and when someone decides they would like to take on the challenge, I will happily provide access to them on all fronts, along with donating anything left in the funding account.
I would like to thank all our amazing sponsors, hosts and of course attendees, for making BarCamp Manchester amazing for three years in a row. Don’t think of this as a goodbye for BarCamp, more of a see you later…
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