Barcamp Baltics 2008 promises to be the biggest ever unconference of bloggers from post-Soviet space in Riga, Feb 8-10 2008. We expect more than 400 people from ALL former Soviet republics (we managed to get some travel funding from Open Society Institute so we'd even be getting people from Central Asia to show up!).
There are a few things that are unique to Barcamp Baltics model. First, we'll experiment with funding the best commercial and non-commercial proposals for new projects from participants (something we dubbed "Innovation Incubator"). The point here is to facilitate cross-border collaborative projects between, say, bloggers in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. Second, we've built a social network for the event (network.barcamp.lv) -- and while there are two full months left till the event, there are already 200 members there!
Yet our greatest objective is to get not only people from former Soviet republics, but from all over the world to show up, to make it even more international. So readers of BoingBoing are especially invited to attend! We expect most presentations to be in English and Russian.
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