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Looking for the quick info on Seattle Mind Camp, and what exactly it is? We’ve collected the most important information right here for you:

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Seattle Mind Camp 5.0 is coming up fast.  For those of you who aren’t sure what to expect, this guide will hopefully give you a bit of an orientation.  Even you Mind Camp veterans might want to look over the details, here, as a few things have changed this time around:

When should I arrive?
The doors will open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22.  Opening remarks and introductions will start promptly at 12:00, so please arrive in time to check in, mingle, check out the session candidates along the walls.  Note that if you’re hoping to present a session, you should arrive a few minutes before 10:00 to post your Session Organizer Candidate Form.)

How do I get there?

Synapse Downtown Seattle

You’re going to the offices of Synapse in downtown Seattle.  The address is 1511 6th Ave, Seattle, 98101.

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Ponti Seafood GrillCurious about what you’ll be eating at the next Seattle Mind Camp event? Well, allow me to tell you. Lunch and dinner are being catered by the local Ponti Seafood Grill, who’ve gone out of their way to put together a menu that meets the needs of vegetarians, those who can’t eat gluten, and regular old people who eat anything. First up, lunch:


  • Sliced Baguette
  • Cold Sliced Grilled Chicken
  • Soba Noodle Salad with shaved carrots, scallions, sesame vinaigrette
  • Orzo Pasta with arugula pesto, cherry tomatoes and pinenuts
  • Vegetable Crudite with green goddess dressing
  • Freshly Baked Brownies

Did you catch that? Freshly. Baked. Brownies. I’m in. Then, of course, there’s dinner. The dinner sponsor is Nokia’s Share on Ovi, and they’ll also be giving away a Nokia N78 as well during dinnertime.


  • Handmade Flatbread with carmelized onions
  • Carrot Ginger Soup
  • Salad Bar: Light Smoked Coho Salmon, Grilled Wild Prawns, Chopped Romaine, Herb Croutons, Cherry Tomatoes,  Cucumbers, Red Onion, Capers Choice of: Classic Caesar Dressing, Caper Vinaigrette
  • Sliced Baguette
  • Vegetarian Penne Pesto Pasta with grilled carrots, zucchini, squash, toasted garlic
  • Warm chocolate-chip cookies
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit

See? Told you…delicious.

When you guys said you wanted us to go back to the 24-hour format for Mind Camp, we decided to make sure that happened, no matter how long it took to find the appropriate venue. Thanks to Mind Camp attendee Scott Bright, we’ve got it - Synapse, located in downtown Seattle. Never heard of Synapse? Well, that’s kinda the point - they do some amazing things there, but no one knows it. They also just happen to have an amazing space for us to use for a 24-hour Mind Camp event. So it’s on.

Seattle Mind Camp 5.0 will start on November 22 at 11:00 AM, and will conclude the following morning, November 23 at 10:00 AM.

Here’s the address:

1511 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
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Here’s the Facebook event page.

Go ahead and spread the word, we think this will be the best Mind Camp event we’ve ever done, because the space is casual, and fits in perfectly with the things we want to do. Plus, they have some really cool stuff to show off. You gonna be there?

Pathable has given us access to their conference (and unconference) attendee planning tool, which we are going to be using to match people with others who share common interests, print badges, plan sessions, and more.

Pathable (http://www.pathable.com/) is an easy-to-use, private on-line community / directory for events. Attendees and sponsors create short profiles, then use the system to meet other attendees and to start conversations with them, pre-networking before the conference begins. For attendees, it’s a great way to make sure you make the kind of valuable connections you go to these types of events for, and for event hosts, it’s an essential part of making sure your attendees and sponsors get the value they need out of your event.

Seriously, this is some really good stuff. Check out a video introduction of how it all works, after the break.

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Alright gang, I know we’ve been waiting a while to secure sponsorship to move forward with Seattle Mind Camp 5.0. I am happy to announce that we have secured it! Now all we need is a venue. The last place we used, the Tukwila Community Center, doesn’t have a weekend open for us until sometime in November. Even if we went with that, there would be a few rooms that we wouldn’t have access to if we did a 24-hour event. So the question is, are you guys okay with an event that is less than 24 hours (say, around 14 hours instead?) if it means we get to hold the event in a fantastic venue? Or should we look elsewhere for a place that would allow us to return to the full 24-hour format?

If we should look at other venues, suggestions are always more than welcome. Hit us in the comments with your thoughts!

I wanted to follow up from the email I sent out a couple of weeks ago to those of you who have purchased a ticket to Mind Camp 5.0 already. Since we weren’t able to raise enough sponsorship to cover the cost of the event, we will be delaying it. As it turns out, the usual companies who would sponsor have pretty much all spent their budget on , which takes place the week before Mind Camp would have.

I am in talks with the venue to see what date we can push back to - I am thinking it is going to be mid-March, so about an 8 week delay. This will (hopefully) give us a little more time to firm up sponsorship so we can get things paid for. As far as Mind Camp 5.0 goes, we have so far only signed one sponsor - TrenchMice at $500. A big thank you goes out to them.

If you’ve already paid for a ticket and want a refund, just drop me an email, and I will issue you one immediately. Otherwise, your ticket will simply be transferred and will be good for the newly chosen date. Once I found out when that will be, I will let you guys know.

In the meantime, if you have contacts at any local companies that you believe would benefit from supporting the event, please send them my way. Feel free to get back to me with any questions, and have a happy holiday!

If you are thinking about coming to the next Seattle Mind Camp event, scheduled to take place on January 19-20 at the Tukwila Community Center, we have Early Bird tickets available through November 30. You can head to the Mind Camp registration page to make your purchase, which hooks you up with a 25% discount off of the normal fee. This next Seattle Mind Camp goes back to its roots, returning to the normal 24-hour long format.

TrenchMiceA big thank you goes to TrenchMice for once again stepping up to the plate and sponsoring Mind Camp 5.0 - turns out, they are the first company to do so, and for that, we are grateful. TrenchMice is a community forum that gives you opinions, news, and rumors about companies, bosses, and employers.  It’s the place to safely speak your mind when a company does something brilliant, or brilliantly moronic.  And where you can find out the inside story about a company before you accept their job offer.

The site’s content comes from visitors, blogs, and other web sources. Members’ posts can be anonymous.

TrenchMice.com is proud to sponsor Mind Camp 5.0!  Visit TrenchMice for more info.

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TrenchMiceWe want to throw out a few words of appreciation to TrenchMice, one of our Mind Camp 4.0 sponsors. TrenchMice is a community-moderated forum that gives you “Insight from the Trenches” - what’s really going on in the companies around you. It’s the place to speak your mind when your company did something brilliant, or brilliantly moronic. Warn someone off, or give your place credit for having good sense.

The content comes from the members, blogs, and other web sources. Members’ posts can be anonymous.

TrenchMice.com is proud to sponsor Mind Camp 4.0, and they’re giving free two-month Gold memberships to MindCampers!

Previous Seattle Mind Camp attendees have already started receiving emails about the next event, Seattle Mind Camp 4.0. We have just announced the date and venue of the event. The next Seattle Mind Camp even takes place on July 1, 2007 at the Tukwila Community Center. Tickets are already on sale, so be sure to grab one before they are gone. Discounted early bird tickets are available.

Mark your calendars and save the date. We will be opening up about half of our tickets for early purchase at a discount. Start spreading the word and letting people know about Mind Camp 4.0.

A couple of things to note when registering:

  • We need your FULL, REAL address. We will be mailing out tickets, and if we don’t have yoru address, we can’t mail yours.
  • Double-check the spelling of your name. If you make a typo in your name, that same typo will be on your badge.
  • List a corporate affiliation ONLY if you want it printed on your badge. Otherwise, put your website, blog, or whatever else you want to appear on your badge.

Sponsors? We are looking for you - contact us if you are interested in helping make Mind Camp 4.0 happen.