What happens when tech nerds experience our slippery economic downward slope and sky-rocketing unemployment rates? LaidOffCamp of course!
Recent lay-offee, Chris Hutchins, founded LaidOffCamp with the initial goal to provide an opportunity for out-of-work programmers, consultants, IT pros and web designers to give advice to one another, network and maybe find a new project or start a new company.
Chris Hutchins has a refreshing viewpoint on unemployment. Instead of grumbling and feeling sorry for himself, he saw it as an opportunity to find out what he was passionate about and leverage that passion to sustain himself. He expects that at a time like this, everyone should view it as such.
Creating LaidOffCamp enabled Hutchins to discover his own passion, which is organizing community events and spreading them around the world.
So what is LaidOffCamp exactly? Their official wiki page describes it as an ad-hoc gathering of unemployed and self-employed people (including entrepreneurs and startups) who want to share ideas and learn from each other. They also state that you do not have to be unemployed to attend.
The first ever LaidOffCamp was assembled in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 3 which presented a fun, free, day-long conference for the recent victims of the embittered economy: the unemployed, the self-employed and the freelancers eager to entertain their newly freed schedules.
Several LaidOffCamps have been and are still being planned in other cities, such as Dallas’ March 6 event and New York’s two-day affair back in May.
If you’re interested in creating your own LaidOffCamp, visit LaidOffCamp.com
By the way, Hutchins didn’t make any money off of LaidOffCamp, but the experience has energized him to follow this new path.
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