To define what exactly BarCamp is, the best to do is consulting the indispensable Wikipedia. In its pages we can read that BarCamp is an international net of “open conferences”. That means we encounter a new term needing to be defined. The word is created as a counterpart to a conference, an event known by everybody, at which a speaker transmits his knowledge in a unidirectional manner to a certain public. According to Wikipedia, “open conferences” are open and participative events at which the content is supplied by participants.
Now, we enter the official wiki of the event BarCamp to know that the last edition to be celebrated in Mexico, at Querétaro, on February, 7th, during one only, although intensive day, from 1o in the morning to 8 in the evening.
We have not mentioned yet the theme of the event, but we can imagine that few readers will be surprised to know that the event is devoted to open source software. All those interested in this topic are welcomed at BarCamp; they only need to want sharing their ideas, concepts and solutions.
There is no list of speakers and no agenda. Any person having something to be shared may register on the same day of the event on a blackboard with the topic he wants to talk about, what he wants to show others or the discussion he wants to lead.
This information is also available on the website of the organizer, Tequila Valley. There, you may also find that the model of “open conferences” has been later cloned in order to organize events on even more precise topics, like PodCamp, MobileCamp and WordCamp (focused exclusively on WordPress), which is probably the most familiar for us bloggers.