Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you wanted to know but were maybe too afraid to ask.

beCamp, beSwarm, ...? What's the difference?

First, there was beCamp. It's a unique and "very Charlottesville" annual experience. But a year is a long time for a vibrant tech community. beSwarm spunoff in 2010 as a complement to beCamp. 

  • beCamp happens in the fall; beSwarm happens in the spring.
  • beCamp is a Friday/Saturday event; beSwarm is a Saturday-only event.
  • beCamp puts together a schedule with attendee-organized topics; beSwarm has no topic schedule.
  • beCamp and beSwarm are un-conferences.

Who attends beSwarm?

You! Anyone interested in technology, including but not limited to: software developers, system administrators, quality-assurers, devopsers, designers, and business developers.

When is beSwarm?

beSwarm 2019, or beSwarm 10, is Saturday, April 27th. Doors open at 9am while the organizing team is setting up. The event runs from 9:30am through 4pm, with lunch served midday.

Where is beSwarm?

OpenSource Connections
608 Preston Ave
Charlottesville VA 22903

How much does beSwarm cost?

beSwarm is free for attendees thanks to our awesome sponsors.

What about food?

Food and beverages will be provided for the duration of the event.

Are there rules?

beSwarm draws people together from many backgrounds and experiences to learn and teach about technology. While you are at beSwarm, help foster a friendly environment.

  • be polite
  • be kind
  • be respectful
  • be helpful

At beSwarm, we are dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and accessible experience for everyone. Simply by joining the event, you belong in it, and so does the next person. We have a full code of conduct. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, beSwarm volunteers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from beSwarm. Any participant who has a concern should bring it immediately to the beSwarm organizer.

We will accommodate any preference or need in support of an attendee's full participation in beSwarm.

Read the full code of conduct here.

Do people bring laptops?

Yes, insofar as presentations and demos go. Most of the time, people are not looking at laptops/phones but talking with each other.

I have a request ...

We foster a friendly environment with a code of conduct. See the rules here. We will accommodate any preference or need in support of an attendee's full participation in beSwarm. This can mean anything: ADA specifics, meeting you at the door with a "beSwarm Buddy," or a personal request. Simply contact the beSwarm organizers.

How can I help out with beSwarm?

If you would like to help out, please Contact Us.