Mark Your Calendars! RE BarCamp YEG and YYC are almost here! Image

Mark Your Calendars! RE BarCamp YEG and YYC are almost here!


The first-ever RE BarCamp YEG is on February 26, 2013 at Schanks Sports Grill in Edmonton while the second annual RE BarCamp YYC is on April 17, 2013 at the Wainwright Hotel at Heritage Park in Calgary.

For those that don’t know, a RE BarCamp (or “real estate bar camp”) is an “unconference conference.” It’s an ad-hoc gathering of real estate and mortgage professionals through which attendees can share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees.

Here is a video of some photo highlights from RE BarCamp YYC last year.

Here’s what the main RE BarCamp website says about the movement: It’s different. The RE BarCamp movement says to the attendees, “What would you like to learn about and why are you here?” The attendees then help to create the conference. Actually, let’s change that to conference(s) as most RE BarCamp have a series of different sessions going on at the same time. But who is going to be the speaker? The RE BarCamp says, “If you want to speak, you can speak” and taking it one step further, “but the speaker shouldn’t be the speaker, they should instead lead the discussion.”

Attendees have the chance to learn what they want to learn and if they have questions about something, they have the opportunity to get an answer. At the end of the day, everyone walks away happy – feeling the day has been a worthwhile learning experience.

The inaugural RE BarCamp YYC was a huge success in 2012. More than 100 industry professionals attended and engaged in high-energy discussions about technology, advertising and the future of organized real estate.

The organizers took away a lot of new ideas from 2012 and this year’s events in Calgary and Edmonton will be bigger and better.

To check out all of the details for the Edmonton event – and to register, visit the RE BarCamp YEG website at

RE BarCamp YYC 2013 is jointly organized by RECA, the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association, the Alberta Real Estate Association and the Calgary Real Estate Board. For more details check out the RE BarCamp YYC blog at or follow the Twitter account @REBarCampYYC.

See you there!