StixCamp - BarCamp in the sticks

Mar 14 2009 10:00
Mar 15 2009 18:00
Welshman's Reef Vineyard, Newstead, Victoria

stixcamp - Newstead, Victoria 14-15 March 2009All eyes will be turning to the Victorian town of Newstead on the 14th and 15th of March this year as it hosts the first StixCamp unconference. Based on the BarCamp model, StixCampNewstead brings together mainly users and developers of open source tools and applications to share knowledge about particular subjects, in this case technology and business.

An unconference (unorganised conference) uses volunteers to secure the venue and funding but other organisational requirements such as calling for submissions, keynote speakers, reviews and talk scheduling are either not performed, or done so on the day.

Organiser, Ben Balbo, says this model is surprisingly effective, providing participants with an opportunity to share their own knowledge and expertise in an interactive environment. "StixCamps are open forums for knowledge sharing, something that developers have been doing for years over the Internet. A typical event will start with a welcome from the lead organiser and a short scheduling session, where those interested in presenting or leading a discussion will assist with the scheduling of the day’s itinerary."

Balbo has organised two BarCampMelbourne events in previous years, including the first BarCamp in Australia. “After last year’s hugely successful city-based event, it was suggested that successive unconferences alternate between rural and city locations. Rural locations serve to spread knowledge and sharing to those that might not readily travel to a major city.”

Newstead resident and StixCampNewstead organiser, Dave Hall, says locals are looking forward to the upcoming event. “Every second conversion I have with local residents involves StixCamp.”

Anyone interested in attending StixCampNewstead, or being kept informed about future events, including the next BarCampMelbourne in September 2009, is encouraged to join the announcement mailing lists on the following websites:

For further information please contact:

Ben Balbo
StixCamp and BarCampMelbourne
ben {at} benbalbo(.)com 0415 127 120

Venue and directions

StixCampNewstead will be held at Welshmans Reef Vineyard just outside Newstead, central Victoria on the 14th and 15th of March, 2009.

Newstead is located in central Victoria, near Castlemaine.

You can find the location and surrounds on Google Maps

Public transport

Castlemaine is on the Melbourne -> Bendigo train line.

A timetable of the Melbourne to Bendigo line is available (PDF, 99kB)

If there is enough interest in the V/Line train, we will be happy to organise a meeting point at Southern Cross station and pickup from Castlemaine station. Please indicate your interest when you register.

Coming by car

Directions from major destinations are given below;

From Melbourne:

Google Maps Link

From Geelong:

Google Maps link