If you want to know what a Barcamp or Unconference is check out my synopsis of Barcamp Auckland 2.
I attended a number of sessions throughout the day. My key notes (as aggregated from my twitter stream):
Easy iPhone Game Development
- cocos2d-iphone is a framework similar to Flash.
- The Spaceship Tutorial (based on cocos2d-iphone ) sounds like it is worth checking out as an introduction to iPhone game development.
- Different types: projector based, window based, retinal display (most common).
- Augmented Reality Phone requires GPS + Compass + Video + Accelerometer.
- More information can be found at http://www.8degrees.co.nz/2009/07/12/is-augmented-reality-really-a-reality-barcamp-auckland-notes/
- Blog with a consistent schedule and always be on topic.
- Check out Ben's blog at http://blog.bwagy.com/
- Check out Ben Young's book 'The Best Ideas are Free'.
- HTML5 attribute types looks great.
- HTML5 could replace Flash, Silverlight and other proprietary technologies.
- Apparently more than 90% of Alexa Top 500 sites are not valid HTML.
- Why do people start businesses? "To change the world" is the primary reason, focusing on $ as the primary reason is wrong.
- Offer something nobody else does: Be first, be best, be available, sell.
- Consider how to lock people in to your product. "Be likable" vs trying to lock people in (i.e. don't be evil).
- Most important part of starting a business: Prove the concept.
- Getting Things Done: Gaps in skill, time, money, milestones, processes.
- To address gaps in skill for a startup, consider giving people equity.
- Have good governance as your company grows, get good legal and tax advice.
- Expand your horizons. Do something new for 100 hours. Further information can be found at http://moss.geek.nz/2009/07/11/barcamp/
- puppet sounds good for distribution of configurations to multiple machines.
- Check out http://www.geocaching.com/ to find out about a grown ups version of hide and seek.
Other writeups of the day worth checking out: