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Jun 12, 2008



just got back into Canada from BaseCamp and I have a few corrections. Actually, the attendance cap was not artificial - they were holding it on the main Google campus, with a tent set up in one of the courtyards as the central venue. Having 400 extra people milling around in a secure area was a bit of a logistical stretch for them already. The applications for a place were around 4500 actually and even that number surprized them since the previous camp in Boulder actually attracted far fewer. The random draw got a nice mix of old users and newbies and a full assortment of disciplines and hobby users.

It was a great get together - actually being able to talk to the developers and support people. They were all far too tight lipped, so the NDA that we had to sign was useless - we didn't learn anything new about version 7 anyway. Meeting people that you have known virtually for years was a great revelation and a lot of fun. Sorry you didn't get a place, but I think there were some physical limitations. Google seemed happy with the event, so it may become an annual thing that moves around to different venues with different capacities. There's a grass roots movement for BaseCamp Europe already!

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