On the morning of Sunday, November 1st, 2015, I got up at an ungodly hour of 7:30 a.m. Why? I had to attend a Barcamp session all the way at CMRIT. This was just about a zillion kilometers away from my place; hence, I was an early bird.
For those who are not in the know, Barcamp is a kind of free for all session. No speaker list. Or fixed schedule. All sessions are free and open to the public. Anyone can conduct a session. And anyone can attend any session.
I was scheduled to be a speaker. My session was at 11:45 a.m. I got there around 10:30 a.m. (Did I mention I lived half a galaxy away?) Mohit Mandan, who is a part of our team, was already there. He helped me set up the session. He gave me the inside scoop of what to expect. As well as Barcamp etiquette. It was pretty informal.
People were milling about waiting for sessions they found interesting. And there were some interesting ones too! But I had no time to attend any. I had to concentrate on my own session. Because I was representing Venturesity, the session was about “Reimagining the future of recruiting.”
I was quite excited, you see. I hadn’t done this sort of thing in a long, long time. It promised to be a blast.
11:45 a.m. The witching hour. A few Barcamp mentors helped us set up. And our session got underway.
There were around 15 or so attendees. All of whom were hanging on to every word. I felt like a specimen under a microscope. Such was the scrutiny!
I don’t want to bore you with too many details of the presentation. It was mainly a way to introduce Venturesity to those who might not have heard of us before. About how we are revolutionizing the recruitment landscape via a challenge-centric approach. I talked a bit about how we are building a community. In other words, a community for the people, by the people and with the people!
I made a few converts, I believe. People were excited by what I had to say and what we had to offer. After all, our model brings out the black swans. Hitherto, these candidates would not be the first choice of the recruiter.
The session ended and we all packed our bags. I headed home, but Mohit stuck around to attend a few more sessions. Barcamp is a really cool place to hang out, have fun and learn.
A special thank you to the people at Barcamp for accommodating us. The atmosphere was great, and it was fun being part of the community. Head on over to their website and see what you’ve missed.