REBarCamp Comes to the Emerald City on March 3, 2011

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REBarCamp Comes to the Seattle Center

Thursday March 3, 2011

The 'Must' attend event of the year for Real Estate Professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest is coming once again to Seattle WA area.

REBarCamp is an educational/networking movement that began several years ago in San Francisco and has spread across the country.

One of the best things about REBarCamp is that the full day event is FREE! That's right, Virginia, FREE!!!

But by far, the greatest value of REBarCamp is the wealth of practical, hands-on information and technology tips you will come away with that will truly revolutionize your business, and the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals!

I like to define REBarCamp in this way:

"REBarCamp is where People who are Passionate about what they Know, share freely with People who are hungry to learn."

For more information about the Seattle WA ReBarCamp

To RSVP for the event, go to HERE!

What is RE BarCamp?

The concept for RE BarCamp came from a technology BarCamp event held in San Francisco. Wikipedia defines a barcamp as:

an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.

RE BarCamp is a BarCamp for Real Estate (R.E. BarCamp). What that means- the event is not structured like a typical planned conference. Every session is not planned out in advance. Nobody is paid to deliver a session. Anybody can deliver a session and attendees are strongly encouraged to participate.

How does that happen?

When you arrive at the event, you will have the opportunity to put your name in a slot to facilitate a session. The number of sessions delivered at any given time depends on the venue and number of attendees. After registration is over, a board will be put up (see picture below) that details each session and what room they are located in throughout the day. The length of the sessions varies at each RE BarCamp event.

RE BarCamp Session Board

Photo courtesy of Morgan Brown www.turnhere.com.

If anyone can deliver a session, won’t some of the presentations be terrible?
Possibly, but it it not typical. Some of the best and brightest minds attend these events. They lead sessions and they sit in on sessions. RE BarCamp sessions are group sessions. They are not meant to be presentations by a single individual. Because the audience participates, sessions that may start out a little rocky often adjust and get redirected by the participation and collaboration of the audience. Presentations promoting specific commercial products or companies are discouraged. If you feel like you’re being sold, or if a session is really bad and your participation can’t turn it around, practice the rule of two feet- get up and walk out.

That sounds like chaos. How is that productive?
It can be a little chaotic, but some of the best ideas and invention are derived out of chaos. If you go in looking for a very structured day, you will be disappointed. What you get out of an RE BarCamp event is what you put into it.

What topics are covered in the sessions?
This depends completely on who volunteers to lead a session. The sessions are frequently related to technology usage in real estate but cover any topic from mortgages, to photography to philanthropy. If you want to hear a specific session, facilitate it!

Who runs the RE BarCamp events?
RE BarCamps are run completely by unpaid volunteers.

How much does it cost?
RE BarCamps are typically free events because of generous donations from sponsors.

How do I maximize my RE BarCamp experience?
1. Pick sessions of interest to you.
2. Participate, ask questions.
3. If you hear someone speak about something interesting, find them later and connect in the hallway.
4. Spontaneous sessions happen- embrace them! I attended RE BarCamp OC. I was standing outside looking at the session board with some fellow attendees. None of the sessions on the board looked appealing to me at that point in time. A group of us were looking for a more advanced session. On the fly, we grabbed a group and did a spontaneous session on the beach. We literally sat on the sand and held a fantastic and memorable session.

What if I don’t want to lead a session?
You don’t have to! Some people like to lead, other people like to listen, but don’t hesitate to ask questions.

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate broker providing Relentless Representation and Knowledgeable Empowerment for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SoundBiteBlog, Everyday CK, HomeByHarbors and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:  kitsapagent@gmail.com

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We just did a re-bar camp here in the Denver area. It was great and I have already put to use some of what I have learned.

Jan 19, 2011 02:10 AM #1
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William Collins
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Rich, thanks for the post. While I will not be able to attend, I trust you will be sharing your highlights in a blogpost and I look forward to reading it. thanks for sharing.

Jan 19, 2011 04:11 AM #2
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Ben Kakimoto
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That's a fantastic overview and explanation of RE BarCamp, Rich!  For people in the Northwest, this is the 4th RE BarCamp in Seattle and it just keeps getting better.  Additionally, I did want to let folks know the RE BarCamp Seattle is accompanying the Northwest Video Summit that's being put on by the Think Big Work Small guys of tbwsdaily.com fame.  That event is on March 2nd, the day before RE Barcamp at the same venue!  Attendees will learn all about video blogging and will leave with a live, fully functioning video blog by the end of the day!  Two great events at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms, March 2nd & 3rd.

Jan 19, 2011 12:27 PM #3
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Rich - no doubt this will be another stellar RE Bar Camp with the some of the best and brightest bloggers in the area. Your overview of what  RE Bar Camp is and is not should be helpful for those who have not been. Each one is a little different, but many really don't understand what they are all about, and the tremendous value from learning and networking that comes from being there.

Have fun!

Jeff

Jan 19, 2011 11:21 PM #4
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Sandra Pearce
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This sounds like an awesome opportunity!  Thanks for the info :)

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Sandra:  You should try to come! It's an awesome event and it a great opportunity to network with other RE folks....as well as learn new technologies to grow your business!

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