On March 5 and 6, the School of Information is hosting an egalitarian, community-driven gathering called InfoCamp Berkeley, which it’s billing as an “unconference” on information issues and opportunities.
Completely student-run, InfoCamp is aimed at anyone interested in information architecture, user experience, interaction design, information management, information design, librarianship, online search, informatics, and related fields.
For the organizers, the operative word is “build.” These are their primary ambitions for the confab:
- Building bridges — “Solutions to information problems need the thinking of librarians, designers, programmers, researchers, educators, policy experts and business people.”
- Building relationships — “If we can learn from each other, we can work with each other to make a positive impact in the world.”
- Building things — “Understanding technology makes information products and services possible. Understanding the social implications of technology will make them better.”
InfoCamp will be held in South Hall, the I-School’s headquarters. Its keynote speakers will include Rachel Hinman, senior research scientist at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, and Donald Brinkman, who manages programs in digital humanities, digital heritage, and games for learning at Microsoft Research.
As one might expect of I-School students, InfoCamp is connected. There’s a blog with news and updates, a wiki detailing the people of InfoCamp, it’s on Twitter and Facebook, and has its own email address(firstname.lastname@example.org).