I just got back from the roving Adobe on AIR barcamp event in Seattle. The bus is cool, the APIs are cool, the AIR product/environment is cool, and the whole event approach is cool. It really struck me as a “2.0” seminar, in the “Web 2.0” sense- early feedback from users/participants, user-driven, high-tech, effective and appealing UI, adaptive, editable, lots of APIs and mash-ups (Flikr images, twitter feeds, JSON APIs and geo-tagging with GPS location data).
It was both organized and ad hoc. Both a tech-y learning event and a corporate mark-com session. A great chance to learn and see what’s been done, work with experts, expand your network, and/or submerge head-down in the wireless network if you need to get a little business done online.
I really like that I came away with all the same materials and content that I would have had at a “1.0” seminar at a downtown hotel, BUT it was something that had community, something that will have its own lifecycle and a sort of harmonic sustain. This approach is something I could interact with and engage as it was on its way here, and something “sticky” that I’ll want to check back in with and follow as it goes forward. Those are the things that you don’t have with classic seminars– and I’m also going to monitor the Google code site with examples and check out the twitter and camera live-feeds as they wind their way to Vancouver, back to Portland, a week-end diversion to Las Vegas, and then an event in L.A. (then Dallas then Denver– check a map first next time guys).
Good luck to Adobe with AIR and to the remote and local participants who join in the experience. Even if you’re not into the product, you should check out the approach and think about creating your own mash-up like this for training and collaboration sessions– its really quite effective. I’ll be editing down some video interviews I did with the Adobe team and then submitting that to the Masie Learning Consortium site next week.