This year, through the leadership of our NDF regional ambassadors, we're running barcamps in:

  • Northland (August 14 2014 - Te Ahu Centre, Kaitaia; 22 August 2014- Procter Library, Kerikeri)
  • Auckland (FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY - August 15 2014 - Ellen Melville Hall, Auckland CBD)
  • Tauranga (August 6 2014 - Tauranga City Library)
  • Hawke's Bay (FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY - August 18 2014, MTG Hawke's Bay in the Port Education Room)
  • Palmerston North (September 1 2014, Palmerston North City Library)
  • Wellington (Barcamp 22 August 2014, National Library of New Zealand; Workshop 29 August 2014 - WORKSHOP NOW FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY)
  • Nelson/Tasman (August 11 2014, Nelson Provincial Museum cnr Hardy & Trafalgar Streets)

Registration is now open - so get in fast

Find out more about the barcamps


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. 

Find out more about barcamps


In addition to the barcamp, ambassadors also have the option of selecting an afternoon training workshop for barcamp attendees. Topics will be wide ranging - from copyright and creative commons licensing for the GLAM sector to crowdsourcing for beginners, agile development, simple ways to use social media to build your digital identity, or measuing impact and demonstrating value.


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

The 2014 NDF regional ambassadors are:

  • Manawatu-Whanganui: Natalie Dewson (supported by Wendy Macaskill)
  • Auckland: Mandy Scott (supported by Heera Kim)
  • Wellington: Amy Watling (supported by Louise Rutherford)
  • Nelson/Tasman: Cliff Riordan
  • Northland: Sabine Weber-Beard
  • Bay of Plenty: Harley Couper
  • Hawke's Bay: Sarah Powell

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.

We are still interested in hearing from those in South Island regions not yet represented, with an interest in becoming a future NDF Ambassador.


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.