Barcamp is a term that emerged in the field of computer technology and software. The term was first used in 2005 to indicate an event held by, a prominent open software firm, Socialtext in California. Barcamp is an alternative conference format that, unlike the traditional conference formats where the content and flow are predetermined by a certain committee, allows the participants to produce and share knowledge freely without being constrained by rigid rules. Barcamps are largely open to everyone who wants to participate and the products coming out of the process are also accessible to the general public. Although the term BarCamp is still most frequently used in the field of technology, this conference format also began to be adopted in a number of other areas including education, journalism and politics.
Media BarCamp, taking place in Izmir in September 2022, will be the first BarCamp organised in Turkey. MediaBarCamp is a space where participants from many different backgrounds and countries come together to work on various projects and activities, while also exchanging their own experiences. As the organisers of the MediaCamp, we have drawn our inspiration from the international MediaBarCamp held in Lithuania about 20 years ago.
MediaBarCamp Turkey and the MBC Lab are both initiatives of the Swedish company Fabel and the Turkish Media Research Association (MEDAR).
The project is made possible by support from Creative Force.