How to Win at WhereCamp

Are you planning to attend WhereCampPDX this weekend? Here’s a guide to making the most of it.

Friday night:

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The kickoff party starts at 6pm sharp at Gallery Homeland. Help us finalize our plans by RSVPing on Upcoming. You can earn bonus points by helping set up and tear down (we need volunteers throughout the weekend as well). Leave a comment on this post (with your contact info) if you want to help.


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The unconference day begins at 9am at Metro. The first hour will be devoted to a kickoff (with information you’ll need throughout the day), session scheduling, coffee drinking and a little socializing, then we launch into 6 hours of open sessions, with a lunch period in the middle. At 2pm we’ll take a break from the routine for our keynote by James Fee, followed by a highly experimental “un-panel”, before we finish the unconference session set, which runs until 6pm.

Get ready ahead of time by putting your name on the attendee list and adding a session idea or two to the wiki.

What should you bring with you? We recommend: documentation tools like a notebook, laptop, camera, or video recorder, a refillable water bottle or mug to help us cut down on waste, and your ideas for topics you’d like to talk about with others. WhereCamp, like other unconferences, is a highly participatory event. We’re dependent on you to bring the ideas you’re interested in, and help document what goes on throughout the weekend, so other people can learn and experience new things.

Saturday night:

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We’ll move on to the Portland Incubator Experiment for a pizza dinner and hackfest, starting at 7pm. See our earlier post for how to RSVP and pre-pay. If pizza isn’t your thing, you’re still welcome to join us again after 8:30pm to participate in the hacking. Bring your laptop and a project to work on if you have one, or come and see what other people are doing. (Hint: Friday and Saturday both have ample opportunities to scout out hacking ideas.)


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Game day! Our Sunday home base is Backspace in Old Town. The first round of PacManhattan will start around 10:30, but drop by throughout the day for orienteering, photohunt, and geocaching activities as well. Bring a compass, GPS device, and camera to participate in the full set of plans. Also remember to check the Portland Marathon route before you leave, since it will be affecting travel through downtown on Sunday.

One last tip: bookmark the specifics page so you can check back for event details and updates at any time.


  1. Heidi
    Posted September 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Hey there! I’d love to help with setup on Friday eve or with setup or take down at Metro on Saturday – need a hand with anything?

  2. Posted October 2, 2009 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I can help set up / Friday & Saturday.

  3. Mary Anne
    Posted October 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    My truck and I will be there

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  1. […] The event kicks off Friday night with an opening party at Gallery Homeland, followed by a Saturday full of unconference sessions at Metro and late night hacking at PIE, and finishes with a Sunday of playing outdoor urban games. There’s even a post on “how to win at WhereCamp.” […]