Interactive “Beaver BarCamp” conference planned at OSU


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Beaver BarCamp 14, an informal conference where participants can explore anything from science to art, technology, food, culture or other topics, will be held Saturday, April 12, at Oregon State University.

The free event is open to the public, and will be held at the Kelley Engineering Center on the OSU campus from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is hosted by the Open Source Lab at OSU, and sponsored by Rackspace.

Session topics at Beaver BarCamp are not predetermined. Anyone can propose their own session based on a project, hobby or research area, or join a session that interests them. Past sessions have included coffee roasting, green computing, Google App Engine, compressed air vehicles and yoga.

The open format provides a collaborative environment that promotes audience participation through discussions, demonstrations or projects. Session planning and scheduling begins at 9:30 a.m. and the first session starts at 10:30 a.m. Registration at http://beaverbarcamp.org is encouraged but not required.

The Open Source Lab, which provides host and support services to more than 160 open source projects, will also have information sessions at Beaver BarCamp for those who are interested in learning more about the Open Source Lab and opportunities to become involved.

The Beaver BarCamp has been a biannual event for the last six years. In the future the Open Source Lab will host it as an annual event with more outreach to the community.

College of Engineering

About the OSU College of Engineering: The OSU College of Engineering is among the nation's largest and most productive engineering programs. Since 1999, the college has more than tripled its research expenditures to $37.2 million by emphasizing highly collaborative research that solves global problems. It is a leader in signature research areas, including precision health, clean energy, resilient infrastructure and advanced manufacturing; and targeted strategic areas, including robotics, materials research and clean water.