Why isn’t it free?
As a participant, your $40 contribution pays for lunch, coffee and water service with a little extra to help cover space rental and technical support (microphones, projectors, etc;). We really wish we could do this for free, but it’s hard to find collaborative venues in South Florida who will sponsor an event of this caliber for nothing.
This is a no-profit venture and there will be no cash left over. None of the organizers pockets money here. Everything that is donated goes back to the event. The more we get, the more you’ll get, but the point here is not to have oodles of swag (though that wouldn’t hurt), but to focus on the topics discussed and the quality of networking in a nice space.
If you are a speaker or volunteer, your registration fee will be waived through sponsor and exhibitor cash donations.
I don’t get the whole ‘camp’ thing. What’s up with that?
A camp is just a great way of bringing together a group of like-minded people in one or more rooms to talk about stuff they care about. While it may seem like a regular conference, it’s not. The atmosphere is more improvised and casual. A camp can be two people or two thousand; the point is to gather and share. The geeks have been doing it since 2005 with much success under the title of BarCamp. Now you have camps of all kinds, like HealthCamp, WordPress Camp, PodCamp etc; all around the world. It’s contagious! Start your own!
Why are the speakers curated instead of ‘just show up and sign up for a speaking slot’ like BarCamp?
If this was BarCamp Miami, that system would work because the tech community already exists and has some cohesion. Everybody here in Silicon Beach already knows what a camp is and knows what to do. But we’re creating a new community of disparate groups here who rarely, if ever, hang out under the same roof and most of these folks have never attended a camp. Also, because of the sensitive nature of the heart topic, we do want to ensure that all speakers are legit and not just quacks selling snake oil.
What’s the dress code?
Utterly comfortable and casual. This is not a stuffy suit and tie conference and we certainly don’t want feet to be aching from stilettos, though that’s up to you. We’re in Florida at a beautiful tropical location. Leave your bikini and shorts at home, but jeans are ok and you will certainly not be turned away if you wear flip flops.
What inspired the logo?
The logo is based on the internationally recognized BarCamp logo, which many groups modify in order to suit their particular event. It’s inspired by the heart, of course, but also by the colors of the head and crown chakras, purple and blue, which represent enlightenment and spiritual freedom or what the yogis called samadhi.
Is this some granola religious freak event for women?
No! This is open to all people of different persuasions, religious beliefs and walks of life. Men and women are welcome, gay, straight or whatever; heart issues affect all of us. Moreover, HeartCamp is NOT limited to the topic of dating or romance, even though it takes place in the month of February. While we’re spiritually inclined, we welcome different points of view when it comes to talking about the heart, even if they are scientific and clinical. In fact, we’re hoping that the medical community will participate for a good balance.
Will there be wifi and electrical outlets?
Yes, there will be complimentary wifi, courtesy of Hotel Urbano. There are a number of electrical outlets in the ballroom as well as in the vestibule. Please bring your own cords and chargers.
I love HeartCamp so much I want to let the world know about it. What can I do?
Use the hashtag #heartcamp and tweet away to your heart’s content! And check out How To Share for HeartCamp on the social networks as well as some really pretty 160 x 160 badges for your blog or website.
Are there any parties?
You bet! After HeartCamp, we’ll all gather at Hotel Urbano’s bar and poolside space. There will also be a pre-HeartCamp party in January.