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Getting ready for Seattle Mind Camp 7: The Practical Guide

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Tips, Upcoming

Seattle Mind Camp 7 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 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20.  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 on time to post your Session Organizer Candidate Form.)

How do I get there?

ThinkSpace Downtown Redmond

You’re going to the offices of ThinkSpace in downtown Redmond. The address is 8201 164th Ave NE, Redmond, 98052.

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Getting ready for Seattle Mind Camp 7: The Philosophical Guide

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Tips, Upcoming

This is an updated version of a post originally published on April 28, 2006

Most of you who have previously attended Seattle Mind Camp understand the free-form nature of the beast.  However, many of you will be joining us for the first time, and I wanted to try to prepare you for the kind of event you’re going to encounter.  Mind Camp is not a traditional type of gathering, and the success of the event depends in large part on the willingness of the participants to wrestle the chaotic mess into order.

Seattle Mind Camp is an “unconference,” in the style of Bar Camp or Foo Camp.  The idea of an unconference has been promulgated by Dave Winer, among others.  As I understand it, Winer’s particular insight was that, for any conference panel discussion, you could take any random group of people out of the audience, replace the panel onstage with that random group, and have an equally enlightening and worthwhile session.  The Mind Camp experience seeks to leverage that idea by completely doing away with a pre-planned program of speakers. The day’s sessions will be designed by the attendees and the schedule will be curated by Andru Edwards and his Mind Camp Counselors team.

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Remix: The 12-hour iOS development challenge happening at Mind Camp 7!

Mind Camp 7 iOS coding competition

UPDATE: If you're an iOS developer, artist, designer, or engineer, and want to take part in REMIX, Monster Costume is offering you free access to the entire Mind Camp 7 event! Drop an email to andru AT gearlve.com to get your free ticket.

If you're an iOS developer, designer, artist or the like, you'll wanna pay attention to yet another reason why Seattle Mind Camp 7 is where you'll wanna be on August 20! Monster Costumer, the sponsor of Mind Camp 7, will be hosting REMIX - an overnight 12-hour iOS game development challenge. Teams of three will take the existing source code of a never-before-published, bare bones, functional iOS game. It is then your task to take that code, and mash on it until it's a game of unsurpassed brilliance (or, you know, until 12 hours is up.) At the end of the challenge, the team with the most outstanding finished product, as determined by our judges and Mind Camp attendees, will be named the winner - and all three team members will each receive an Apple iPad 2!

The competition will begin at 9:00pm, so you'll be able to enjoy all the other sessions and festivities during Mind Camp - but overnight you'll be battling to walk away with a trio of iPads, and to show off your stuff. Monster Costume will even partner with your team to publish the game to the App Store.

So, what is the game to be remixed? We figured you'd ask, but unfortunately that's being kept secret until 9:01pm on August 20!

Be sure to get registered for Seattle Mind Camp 7 so you can take part in the competition - and then head on over to the REMIX registration page. There's no extra fee to participate in the REMIX challenge, but this helps us plan for how many people want to take part, who's teaming up with who, who needs a teammate, etc.

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Seattle Mind Camp 7: August 20-21 at ThinkSpace!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Upcoming, Announcements

Seattle Mind Camp is back! We’ve just scheduled Seattle Mind Camp 7 to take place over the weekend of August 20-21 at the incredible ThinkSpace. Oh, and yes, the event will most certainly run for 24 hours straight as usual. Tickets are on sale now, and we’ve already got a great group of people registered. Be sure to get your ticket, because we expect these to go fast!

Wondering what's so cool about Mind Camp? You may wanna check out our YouTube channel!

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Getting ready for Seattle Mind Camp 6.0: The Practical Guide

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Tips, Upcoming

Seattle Mind Camp 6.0 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 21. 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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Getting ready for Seattle Mind Camp 6.0: The Philosophical Guide

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Tips, Upcoming

This is an updated version of a post originally published on April 28, 2006

Most of you who have previously attended Seattle Mind Camp understand the free-form nature of the beast.  However, many of you will be joining us for the first time, and I wanted to try to prepare you for the kind of event you’re going to encounter.  Mind Camp is not a traditional type of gathering, and the success of the event depends in large part on the willingness of the participants to wrestle the chaotic mess into order.

Seattle Mind Camp is an “unconference,” in the style of Bar Camp or Foo Camp.  The idea of an unconference has been promulgated by Dave Winer, among others.  As I understand it, Winer’s particular insight was that, for any conference panel discussion, you could take any random group of people out of the audience, replace the panel onstage with that random group, and have an equally enlightening and worthwhile session.  The Mind Camp experience seeks to leverage that idea by completely doing away with a pre-planned program of speakers. The day’s sessions will be designed by the attendees and the schedule will be created by the attendees themselves.

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Seattle Mind Camp 6.0: Nov 21-22 at Synapse Offices!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Upcoming, Announcements

Hey Seattle - it’s that time again! We’ve just scheduled Seattle Mind Camp 6.0 to take place over the weekend of November 21-22, and yes, the event will once again go for 24 hours straight, and will take place at Synapse (1511 6th Ave, Seattle, 98101.) Tickets are now on sale, and we’ve already got a great group of people registered. Be sure to get your ticket, because we expect these to go fast!

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Video Spoof: Things that Happen at Mind Camp

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Activities, Aftermath

During Mind Camp 5.0, one of my favorite couples, Monica Guzman and Jason Preston, led the charge to create a quick spoof mockumentary showing what exactly goes on during a Seattle Mind Camp event. I think they nailed it - fairly realistic. Definitely worth watching!


Video: Rock, Paper, Scissors at Mind Camp 5.0

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Activities, Sponsors

We’ve gotta hand it to Lief Hansen for the way that he handled getting the ice broken and getting people talking prior to the start of Mind Camp 5.0. One of his activities involved a massive Rock, Paper, Scissors flash tournament. The losers became the cheerleaders for the winners, until we had two people battling it out, each with half of the attendees cheering them on. Awesome.


Getting ready for Seattle Mind Camp 5.0: The Practical Guide

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Tips, Upcoming

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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