Ok, holy smokes, next weekend's BarCamp Block Party could be absolutely huge. The map of confirmed BarCampBlockLocations has room for over 500 participants. Please sign up now so we can get a good estimate for attendees for meals and parties (wiki/Upcoming/Facebook).
Also, we are looking for feedback on the idea of it becoming a BarCampOree.
BarCampOree is a thematic approach for BarCampBlock that we are considering for having different BarCampBlockSessions grouped by both location and theme. We are soliciting feedback on this idea from participants and providers of BarCampBlockLocations. Here's the general idea:
* DesignCamp at IDEO
* FutureCamp at IFTF
* OpenSourceCamp at Socialtext 2
* EnterpriseCamp at Socialtext 1
* OfficeCamp at Intalio
* ConsumerCamp at Edgeio
We are still looking for cash ($300 limit) and in-kind sponsors. So far we have Socialtext, Strategiclee, Web 2.0 Expo, TechCrunch, Yahoo, Google, Lumeno.us, Timbuk2 Designs, Leverage Software, Citizen Agency, CommunityNext, BayCHI and Ma.gnolia. Also, it looks like we may have a solar powered wifi mesh that covers half of Downtown Palo Alto.
We created the first BarCamp in just seven days, an that's about how much we have left. Please blog this , or volunteer.
UPDATE: Mike Arrington blogged it, and reflects:
Two years ago I attended the first Bar Camp, which was held at Social Text’s offices in Palo alto. It was just a few weeks after starting TechCrunch, and nearly everyone I met there is now a friend. It was held just before all the craziness happened with the web, and the people who were starting companies weren’t expecting much of a return - they were doing it out of passion.
Since the original event there have been over 150 Bar Camps held around the world. 10,000 or so people have attended at least one of them.
UPDATE: Slideshare just offered to sponsor in comments, and I updated the wiki accordingly