10/03/2014 /

MediaBarCamp 2014: 20@years.by [eng]

The 7th International MediaBarCamp 2014 on the use of new online media opportunities and media activism development will take place on 1-4 May, 2014 in Lithuania. The fact is that the 10 May, 2014 marks 20 years (!) since the Belarusian national domain .BY was created, therefore MediaBarCamp 2014 will be dedicated to honour this date. The organiser of the event is Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC). The main GOAL of the MediaBarCamp 2014 is to share experience of internet use in different forms of social-cultural projects. Presentations and work-groups will be arranged where all activists (media, civil, political etc.) аre invited to present their own online activities. In addition to this, we will encourage you to learn from each other’s experiences with website funding topics (self-funding, external funding, crowd-funding, etc.).

Three main questions to be discussed during the MediaBarCamp 2014

1. Legendary Belarus web-projects that have survived and continue to live. How to make a project not for one day, but for a permanent work? 2. Has everything been thought out and done? Or what can and should be done for the next 20 years? What projects will be needed tomorrow and how to learn about them today? 3. Advertising on the Internet over the last 20 years: what has changed for local sites? Why should we cooperate with advertising agencies?

Target groups

Owners, web editors, news editors (not just a technical administrator but the person responsible for the content and structure of the site). Collective online projects with a small editorial office. Representatives of the socio-cultural projects that use social media as a channel of communication with their audience Media activists who use the Internet to spread their ideas Political activists who use social media to spread their ideas

Requirements for applicants

1. A reference to the Application Call of MediaBarCamp 2014 on your website with an active hyperlink to http://www.mediabarcamp.com/ (banners can be found in MediaBarCamp web-page) 2. Your online edition/project presentation is to be up-loaded on: http://www.slideshare.net/ (You can refine and improve your presentation after you have submitted your application) or any other "file sharing" service (dropbox, google drive etc.) 3. Presentation slides language: English 4. Fill in an online application here: APPLY TO MediaBarCamp 2014  This Application form is only for Belarusian, Ukrainian and Russian nationals. If you are coming NOT from Belarus, Ukraine or Russia and want to apply to MBC2014, please contact us at mediabarcamp[@]gmail.com or youth[@]silc.se


7 April, 2014 – final closing for registration. However, we kindly remind you to apply as early as possible.

Other important information

MediaBarCamp is not a commercial event Participation is FREE Organisers cover all the participants’ logistics, visa and accommodation expenses The venue will be equipped with Wi-Fi, projectors, sound equipment Full participation (4 days) during the event is a requirement The translation assistance to/from English and Russian languages will be provided


MediaBarCamp 2008 was concerned with all activities involving use of the internet for cultural projects. Almost nobody used Twitter in Belarus in 2009, and we were pioneers in popularising this “entertainment”. In 2010, we actively discussed how to use hashtags in the context of Twitter in Belarus. A well-known hashtag #electby is a distant relative of #mediabarcamp. In 2011, when virtually everyone used Twitter, we discussed possibilities and risks of Skype “transparency”. In 2012, we turned our attention to alternative directions and solutions in Internet development. Hitherto, the target audience of the MediaBarCamp was individual activists who were running their own internet projects, created blogs and provided information support to campaigns and actions. But it emerged that the rule “One man is no man” (with few exceptions, of course) applies to the internet as well. Consequently, our theme for 2013 was the challenge of group-web projects. Due to the fact that in 2014 Belarusian domain .BY is celebrating its 20@years.by birthday, MediaBarCamp 2014 will be dedicated for this occasion.