What is a REbarcamp? [source]
REbarcamp 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.
When you arrive at the event, you will have the opportunity to put your name in a slot to facilitate a session/discussion. 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 that details each session and what table they are located at throughout the session. The length of the sessions varies at each REbarcamp event.
If anyone can deliver a session, won’t some of the presentations be terrible?
Possibly, but it is not typical. Some of the best and brightest minds attend these events. They lead sessions and they sit in on sessions. REbarcamp 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 inventions are derived out of chaos. If you go in looking for a very structured day, you will be disappointed. What you get out of a REbarcamp 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.