Barcamp Artsakh 2013 unconference launched in Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh
STEPANAKERT, July 26. /ARKA/. IT specialists, blogers and ordinary Internet users gathered Thursday in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s city of Shushi, for a four-day BarCamp Artsakh 2013 informal conference, ARKA News Agency correspondent reports.
Narine Aghabalyan, Nagorno-Karabakh culture and youth minister, speaking at the opening ceremony, stressed the importance of such events.
She expressed hope that this year BarCamp participants will share their impressions in Internet.
“Everything presented here will be very useful to us,” she said. “We want to know about modern instruments which we can use properly to present Artsakh (Karabakh) in Internet. Unfortunately, our neighbors describe Artsakh in virtual space in completely different way. We should unite our efforts to present the real image of Artsakh.”
Representatives of the United States and Denmark are present at the event as well.
The conference is organized by Artsakh’s Education Foundation under support from Nagorno-Karabakh culture and youth ministry and Armenian sport and youth ministry.
BarCamp is an international network of user-generated unconferences primarily focused around technology and the Web. They are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and were related toopen source technologies, social software, and open data formats. The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, education, and political organizing. The BarCamp format has also been adapted for specific industries like banking, real estate and social media.
The first BarCamp was held in Palo Alto, California, from August 19–21, 2005.
The first BarCamp in the former Soviet Union’s territory was held in Kiev, Ukraine, in October 2007, with more than 300 participants from Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Poland and other countries and 45 presentations. The unconference in Kiev was followed by similar events in Riga (February 2008) and Tbilisi (June 2008).
The first BarCamp in Yerevan took place on April 17 to 19, 2009. M.V.---0----