BarnCamp 2017

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BarnCamp 2017 - 7th to 12th June BarnCamp is a low-cost rural DIY skillsharing event open to everyone, including UK activists, campaigners, people involved in social and community groups, and anybody else with an interest in technology and how to subvert it to put it to good use. All skill levels are invited and we promise that workshops are not too geeky due to our infamous nerd gag (though sometimes things slip under the radar).

BarnCamp 2015 last took place on the 19th, 20th and 21st June. The next event will be in June 2017 For more info, visit the web site.

BarnCamp 2017 low-down

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Fri 9th, Sat 10th and Sun 11th June 2017
(staying on site available between 7th to 12th, production crew from Wednesday 7th)
Venue and how to get there
BarnCamp is at Highbury Farm, Redbrook, Monmouth, NP25 4LX in the Lower Wye Valley. Visit this page for details of how to get there. For finding lift-shares you this Riseup Pad
£40 (on the gate), £35 (in advance if you pay book and pay before 1st June 2017), concessions available upon request and via pre-booking - go here to register and find out how to pay.
four nights camping included
breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon included (9 meals). Food is primarily vegan with some dairy as optional extras. Highbury Farm is a vegetarian farm and the owners request that meat is not brought or cooked on site. There are two pubs in the village for those who really can't cope.
Register to come and find out how to pay at the BarnCamp on-line booking web site.
If you're coming, then check out the BarnCamp 2015 Contact page for useful contact information.
buses from Chepstow and Monmouth, parking in Redbrook village, and on-site for live-in vehicles, hiking. Lots more information on our page about Highbury Farm.
Excitement Factor
Top Notch. Go here for more info on workshops and please add your notes here.
To get involved in planning and organising drop us an email at barncamp2017 [at] hacktionlab [dot] order. We're looking for site crew, facilitators, meeters and greeters, kitchen help, ents organisations and performers
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BarnCamp 2015 Programme

More in-depth details and notes about the current proposed workshops can be found at BarnCamp 2017 ideas scratchpad page. Workshop planning for BarnCamp 2017 is organic and done on-site based on the current workshops proposed at this page . If you've got an idea for a workshop for BarnCamp 2017 drop us an email at barncamp2015 [at] hacktionlab [dot] org.

Wednesday 7th June

Thursday 8th June

  • Continue setting site up.
  • Arrive in the afternoon/evening (see getting to Highbury Farm) for evening meal and campfire gathering and plenary. The bar will also be open.
  • 9pm - Evening Plenary
  • Campfire

Friday 9th June

  • 09.30-10.30 breakfast
  • 10.30-11.00 morning plenary
  • 11.15-13.30 workshops
  • 13.30-14.45 lunch
  • 15.00-19.00 workshops
  • 19.30-21.00 dinner
  • 22.00 evening film screenings and more time around the camp fire.

Saturday 10th June

  • 09.30-10.30 breakfast
  • 10.30-11.00 morning plenary
  • 11.15-13.30 workshops
  • 13.30-14.45 lunch
  • 15.00-19.00 workshops
  • 19.30-21.00 dinner
  • 22.00-late party - open mic, DJs, films, camp fire, shananigans

Sunday 11th June

  • 10.30-11.00 breakfast
  • 11.00 morning circle
  • 11.15-13.30 workshops
  • 13.30-14.45 lunch
  • 15.00-17.00 workshops
  • 17.00 onwards taking down equipment and tents and finishing cider.

Monday 12th June

  • Infrastructure crew: site take-down and leave (by around lunchtime)

Evolution of the Workshop Timetable

Because the schedule was constantly being improved, we've recorded what it looked like each day:

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Previous BarnCamps


There have been five BarnCamps so far:

BarnCamp 2015 - the sixth BarnCamp took place between 17th and 21st June 2015 in the Wye Valley. Checkout the BarnCamp 2015 page for links to what happened, workshops that took place, notes take, and media about the event.

BarnCamp 2013 - the fifth BarnCamp took place between 5 - 7 June 2013 in the Wye Valley. Check out the Barncamp 2013 Media Page to find out what happened. Here's some further documentation from the event:

BarnCamp 2011 - the fourth edition of our summer outing took place between 9 - 12 June 2011 in the Wye Valley. We built upon the success of the previous year, keeping the tech turned down, but also consolidating some of the new projects that hacktionlabbers are involved in, such as Be The Media and This year incorporated more off-grid technology with a repeat of the Wild Food Walk, a workshop of knot making and tools for open collaboration. Here's some photos from the event.

BarnCamp 2010 - the third edition of our summer outing took place between 11 - 13 June 2010 in the Wye Valley. Retitled BarnCamp we focused on a turning down the tech to make it an event accessible to all with workshops including how to forage for food, how to make a slingshot and the ubiquitous how to encrypt your life. Photos, video and audio from BarnCamp 2010.

BarnCamp 2009 took place between 11 - 14 June 2009 in the Wye Valley on the Wales - England border.

BarnCamp 2008 took place between 13 - 15 June 2008, click here to view a slide-show of photos from the weekend. There are more photos posted here (now missing) and this exciting short video too (also now missing).

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