Over 2,000 Gather in Yerevan for BarCamp 2015

Participants from a previous year's BarCamp pose for a group photo taken by a drone.
Participants from a previous year's BarCamp pose for a group photo taken by a drone.

Participants from a previous year’s BarCamp pose for a group photo taken by a drone.

YEREVAN (Arka)—Some 2,250 people gathered in Armenia’s capital for the BarCamp Yerevan 2015 unofficial conference, as Samvel Martirosyan, a cyber security specialist and one of the “non-conference” organizers, opened the event on Saturday.

“I didn’t expect that this event would arouse such a huge interest – this year all the halls are crowded,” he said. “This shows that IT is increasingly becoming popular among young people.”

He added that this two-day event gives participants a chance to establish new ties and unite IT specialists.

“BarCamp Yerevan 2015 is an interesting environment that fosters development of young IT specialists and gives them grounds for demonstrating their skills,” Martirosyan said.

“This year we decided to improve the technical component of BarCamp, since in the previous conferences special emphasis was put on the media, and this aroused participant programmers’ discontent,” Martirosyan said. “We have tried to keep a balance this year.”

BarCamp was first held in California’s Silicon Valley in 2005 and later became a popular event around the world. Organizers call BarCamp an “unconference” for its informal character.

The first BarCamp in the post-Soviet space was held in Kiev in 2007. It gathered more than 300 participants from Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Poland and other countries.

The Kiev BarCamp was followed by BarCamp Baltics in Riga (February 2008) and BarCamp Caucasus in Tbilisi (June 2008). The first BarCamp in Yerevan was held in April 2009.

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