Join us in making this 10th year of BarCamp Philly the best yet, as we celebrate a decade of sharing knowledge, community building, and great memories made.

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What is BarCamp?

BarCamp is an “unconference” – a full day of 6 sessions in 11 rooms of Huntsman Hall. Sessions are on a variety of topics, and the day is created collaboratively – built by the people, for the people. Attendees actually help create the schedule as the day begins.

How Does it Work?

When you arrive, you’ll see a big board with an empty grid with times along one side and rooms along another. If you have a talk planned, you can post it to that board starting at 8:15am. Write it on a card with a short description and your name, and we’ll post it to the schedule for you. As the board fills up, attendees can start to see what’s happening and when – and plan their day.

Can I Give a Talk?

Of course! We encourage any attendee interested in giving a talk to post their topic on the board, but it is not required. Most people are there to listen, learn and discuss in sessions and don’t necessarily lead a session.

What Kind of Talks?

Topics vary from the technical (“Wordpress Child Themes”) to the inspiring (“Running: Not Just for the Zombie Apocalypse”). From practiced talks (“Designing for People”) to open discussions (“Nerds w/ Kids Roundtable”). Also, if you don’t like the talk you’re in, use the “rule of two feet” to get up and go to a different talk.

Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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BarCamp Philly will be held in Jon M. Huntsman Hall at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Afterwards we’re headed to The Blarney Stone to celebrate the day!


For anyone riding a train or regional rail to 30th Street Station, transfer to the Market-Frankford (BLUE) line West to 40th street, then walk 2 blocks south to Walnut, and 2 blocks east to Huntsman Hall. You can also take any trolley (GREEN) line (except the #10) and get off at 36th Street. Walk 1 block south to Walnut and 1.5 blocks west to Huntsman.


There is a public parking garage directly across the street at 38th & Walnut where you can pay to park all day.

Metered street parking is also available in the area.


Breakfast is provided. We’ve requested mass amounts of bacon. Not to worry, there will be lots of other food options including fruit, bagels, granola, and more! Coffee will be flowing all day long, and additional afternoon snacks will be provided.

You’ll be on your own for lunch. Download the lunch specials that are available within a few blocks.

BarCamp Philly 2017 Lunch Map

Efficiency BarCamp Philly is a Green Zero-Waste Event. Before you use the garbage, look for a compost bin. There is also a station to refill water bottles by the bathroom to help reduce waste from plastic bottles. Help us save the planet.


It’s an action packed day that starts early, so get some sleep the night before and we’ provide the caffeine to and inspiration for the day!

  1. 8:00am – 9:45am

    Registration and Session Building

    Start your day by getting your T-shirt and badge. Swing by the breakfast table for some coffee and eats. Head to the board to post your talk! Or just mingle with your fellow BarCampers and watch the board fill up.

    Heads up: Get to Huntsman Hall early. Slots fill quickly.

  2. 9:45am – 10:00am

    Opening Remarks

    Learn what to expect before your first session.

  3. 10:15am – 1:00pm

    Morning Sessions (3 Time Slots)

    1. 10:15am – 11:00am
    2. 11:15am – 12:00pm
    3. 12:15pm – 1:00pm

    Three sessions, 45 minutes on / 15 minutes off. Find your favorite sessions. If you’re giving a talk, make sure to get to the room early to test your A/V equipment.

  4. 1:00pm – 2:15pm


    Take a walk around University City, find something good to eat (there’s plenty of it out there). Return in time for the afternoon sessions.

  5. 2:15pm – 5:00pm

    Afternoon Sessions (3 Time Slots)

    1. 2:15pm – 3:00pm
    2. 3:15pm – 4:00pm
    3. 4:15pm – 5:00pm

    Three additional sessions in the afternoon. Snacks will be available in the main hall, so don’t fear the afternoon food crash.

  6. 5:15pm – 5:45pm

    Closing Remarks

    Who learned something new? Who met someone new? Who gave a talk that hadn’t before? All questions that will be asked during closing remarks.

  7. 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    After Party at The Blarney Stone

    Enjoy a drink, have a snack, celebrate your epic session, keep talking to the folks you met. Follow all of your new friends on Twitter. Follow @BarCampPhilly on Twitter. Stay as late as you want, but get home safely.


The companies below make BarCamp Philly happen. We can’t thank them enough.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring BarCamp Philly is a great way to support an educational community environment, foster learning and collaboration, as well as reach some of the most driven, creative, and tech-savvy people from the region.

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Giant $500

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  • Wall Cling at Event
  • Logo on T-Shirt
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Join BarCamp Philly 2017!

Get your tickets today. Join us on Saturday, October 14th for BarCamp Philly 2017.

BarCamp Philly has a long history of supporting a safe and positive environment. By purchasing a ticket, attendees agree to follow the BarCamp Philly Safe Space Policy.