All, While Cleveland does have several tech style events, my friend Jeremy (a programmer) recently mentioned that we've not had a Cleveland Bar Camp and was wondering if it would be worth organizing one. To that end he asked me if I'd take the pulse of Cleveland SMC, to see if there was one, would it be something that many of you might participate in.
Basically a bar camp is like an unconference in which attendees are also presenters. The program is made up on the fly over the day and people present on topics they know or lead discussions. They're rather flexible so the participants really drive what the event should be. It could be built around a theme like WebDev, social media or whatever.
It could be a short event of just a few hours, or it could be something slightly more formal such as PodCamp Pittsburgh
which was a weekend event. From what I gather podcamps are barcamps with a focus on new media, i.e. the stuff we're always talking about. Perhaps it could be as simple as using that format for one of our monthly meetings.
Here are some links about barcamps:
p.s. I'm not an event planner, so wouldn't be adept at leading the charge, but for now just want to see if there would be interest in such an event.