Why I don’t like O’Reilly’s event is that it is closed. Prediction: In a world of ‘shared media’ the Foo Camp model fails.
I’ve never had a conversation with Tim O’Reilly but there seems to be a sentiment against him. I like his conferences and events but his Foo Camp event comes across as a filtered who’s who event. This worked in the old world but not now. Last year Ross Mayfield hosted BarCamp which was open to all. To me the open Bar Camp model works. We’ll see how long the Foo event lasts. The new model is open unconferences or at least syndicated. At least produce some podcasts and videos to folks who can’t attend. In a world of ‘shared media’ the Foo Camp model fails.
With that Robert Scoble is hosting a informal get together at the Ritz in Half Moon bay which is in his new neighborhood.