The most recent Barcamp to arrive on Singaporean shores was held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic on 28 February. It attracted a crowd of enthusiastic participants who flitted between various presentations held along 3 tracks in a collection of meeting rooms. This Barcamp also introduced a new format -- the fluid calendar -- in which topics submitted after a registration deadline are put up for audience voting, with the timeslots decided on the fly. This made for an engaging audience-driven experience in the true spirit of Barcamps. Presentation topics were varied as usual, with a range from tech and entrepreneurial topics to one on street singing. A well known blogger also scored a first by presenting via video stream in real time, from across the globe in the United States.
It was my pleasure to give a short presentation and demonstration on the SearchMonkey platform, which was recently launched on search pages across countries in the Southeast Asia region. SearchMonkey drew queries and interest from several developers who had not heard of it before. The Yahoo! Developer Network was also showcased, along with the numerous APIs it offers to developers. YDN was favourably received by this audience, some of whom were unfamiliar with our YDN offerings. Other Yahoos, Herryanto and Eric, were also in attendance to support to this event.
The organisers of Barcamp 3 have pulled off yet another installment of a great event for Singapore's local developer community and I look forward to attending the next one!
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Photo credits: Henry Lim