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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

BarCamp, an ‘unconference’ for tech entrepreneurs, held at UALR

More than 70 participants from central Arkansas gathered on Saturday, June 26, at UALR for the first BarCamp in the area since 2008.

Participants heard talks on a variety of topics from mobile game development to massive online open courses to startup fundraising.

EIT Super Scholar Shelby Sorrels attended the recent Barcamp event at UALR

EIT Super Scholar Shelby Sorrels attended the recent Barcamp event at UALR

Among the participants were nine Engineering and Information Technology SUPER (Summer Undergraduate Program of Entrepreneurship and Research) Scholars from UALR and other universities across the state.

Participants at the opening session of a recent BarCamp event at UALR

Participants listen during a recent BarCamp event at UALR

BarCamp, an ad-hoc “unconference” that originated in San Francisco years ago, was developed by advocates of open environment learning. The informal event is usually filled with intense discussions, demos, and plenty of attendee interaction.

BarCamps could become a key brainstorming opportunity for Arkansans interested in collaborating on entrepreneurship and technology, according to Jordan Carlisle of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

One of the SUPER scholars, Josiah Brann, 20, a computer science major at UALR, helped coordinate the event.

In addition to UALR and the Chamber of Commerce, other event sponsors included Innovation Hub, AVC, Retrocat, Create Reason, and Innovate Arkansas.