The Future of REbarCamps…

January 12, 2011 by  
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Half Baked session. REBarCamp Seattle
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Rob Hahn, the Notorious R O B, had an interesting blog post about where the rebarcamp experience has gone… from where it started.

I was lucky enough to make it to the first real estate bar camp (rebc), in San Francisco, in 2008.  It was a really cool experience.  The thing that most struck me about the event was that it was built on and based in sharing.  It was completely peer-to-peer. There were no PowerPoint presentations, no scheduled presenters, no vendor alleys.

Since then, I have been to a few rebc events in different markets.  I’ve even been involved in organizing one.  And I have seen a variety of events, from the fairly heavily commercialized, to the zero presentation model.

The issue that Rob pointed out was that many rebc events had morphed into a “Social Media 101” or “Tech 101” class format.  One presenter (likely with a PowerPoint presentation) would lecture the rest of the attendees on the subject du jour.  It wasn’t about peer-to-peer interaction, but rather, it became about a more traditional class experience… with a free lunch and free T-shirt.

Rich Jacobson does lunch at REBarCamp Seattle
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What is the solution? So many real estate professionals (real estate agents and mortgage brokers) seem to need that entry level instruction from folks that aren’t necessarily product vendors.  At the same time, those of us that have been involved in social media and technology for a while now REALLY need to get feedback and interaction at a different level.  We are actually pretty left out…

Advanced technology and social media discussion and training is pretty tough to find… or an arm and a leg… or completely “vendor targeted” (use our system, blah, blah, blah).

So, what’s next?

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What is an ‘Old Skool’ rebarcamp?

August 8, 2010 by  
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That is a very fair question.  The whole concept of rebarcamp is only 2 years old, born in July,2008 in San Francisco… how can we go ‘Old Skool’ with a concept that is barely old enough to walk?

I love going to seminars, Continuing Education classes, events like NAR conventions and conferences like REtechSouth.  They can be fantastic learning opportunities.  But they all share one key feature… the presenter gives information to the audience.  It is largely a one-way street of information.  And that is fine.  When the information is close to what we need, we can take a lot away from it that we can apply to our own businesses. Read more

rebarcamp Atlanta – October 1st, 2010

August 6, 2010 by  
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The date is set.  Add it to your calendar, get your tickets and we’ll see you there.  Look for more information VERY soon.

The event will run from approximately 9:00am until 5:00pm.  We are currently planning for 5 or 6 break-out periods… and there will be a LOT of available session slots.

We are going ‘old skool’ with our break-out philosophy.  We will be encouraging a lot of round table discussions and smaller groups.  We feel this will allow individual participants to have more opportunity to be involved, rather than just hear a presentation.  The break-out rooms will be smaller than some other camps, but there will be more rooms available.  We are also going to try to have areas with a specific theme (like a FaceBook room or WordPress room).  We will be discouraging PowerPoint presentations and sales messages. Read more