This year, through the leadership of our NDF regional ambassadors, we're running barcamps throughout New Zealand. Details will be confirmed shortly. Register for a barcamp near you.


  • Canterbury - Friday 19 June
  • Northland (TBA)
  • Auckland - Friday 24 July
  • Tauranga - Tuesday 11 August
  • Hawke's Bay (TBA)
  • Palmerston North - Tuesday 21 July
  • Wellington (TBA)
  • Nelson/Tasman (TBA)

NDF Barcamp training day April 2015


Barcamps (sometimes called unconferences) are participant-driven events where the attendees both create the agenda and run the sessions. These NDF barcamps are an opportunity to get together with others in your region and share ideas about the digital work of museums, libraries, archives, galleries and others in the broad cultural heritage space.

These barcamps are free events, and will be run mid-year. They'll be an opportunity to start a conversation to continue at the NDF Conference… or get a taste of NDF and contribute locally if you can't make it to the full conference. 


In addition to the barcamp, ambassadors also have the option of selecting an afternoon training workshop for barcamp attendees. Topics will be wide ranging – it’s up to each region to decide what kind of workshop they want. Check out the range of options in the Skill Share listings (PDF 572KB)

What is Skill Share?

Skill-Share is a way to help build skills and knowledge across the NDF network. If you have digital skills or knowledge that you are willing to freely share for several hours or days, then you can list a skills offer.

If your organisation then wants to "borrow" some digital expertise, you can review the listings (PDF 572KB) and contact someone with a proposed assignment.

If you need a grant to support your Skill Share exchange; or if you've recently shared your skills, please contact us.


We've appointed NDF ambassadors around New Zealand to help us continue our networking and professional development activities in the regions.

The 2015 NDF regional ambassadors are:

  • Otago: Allison Brown
  • Canterbury: Joanna Szczepanski
  • Nelson/Tasman: Meredith Rimmer
  • Bay of Plenty: Harley Couper
  • Northland: Sabine Weber-Beard
  • Wellington: Amy Watling
  • Hawkes Bay: Nicola Zaaiman
  • Manawatu: Amanda Curnow
  • Auckland: Heera Kim

Our NDF regional ambassadors will advocate for the work of the NDF to enhance digital interaction with New Zealand culture and heritage, by:

  • Being the main point of contact for outreach from the NDF Board to your region
  • Organising an annual barcamp; meet-up for like-minded digital folk from galleries, libraries, archives, museums and similar organisations in your region. Ambassadors have the option of adding a half-day Skill Share training workshop to this (we'll pay for the workshop provider to attend), and can choose a workshop topic that best fits the needs of your region.
  • Identifying ongoing opportunities for regional networking, for example brown-bag lunches to share experiences or watch videos of presentations from the previous year's conference.


In return for extending the reach of the NDF Board into the regions, our ambassadors receive:

  • A free ticket to the annual NDF conference in Wellington
  • Support from the NDF Board to run barcamps and host an optional Skill Share workshop (including subsidised travel to Wellington for training, and promotional collateral)
  • An ambassador pack to help with regional activity; including videos of the previous year's conference
  • The opportunity to enhance their CV with new skills in 'event management' and regional co-ordination.


Experience with previous barcamps has shown that attendees get so much out of the exchange of ideas and they want to continue meeting - but often don't get around to doing this. Our regional ambassadors will show leadership in your region and organise ongoing informal meet-ups. For example, watching a previous NDF presentation together, and discussing it as a group can be a great way to share insights and ideas.