Science Foo Camp

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Science Foo Camp, also known as "Sci Foo", is a series of interdisciplinary scientific conferences organized by O'Reilly Media (FOO stands for "Friends of O'Reilly"), Digital Science, Nature Publishing Group and Google Inc., based on an idea from Linda Stone.[1] The event is based on the spirit and format of Foo Camp, an unconference focused on emerging technology, and is designed to encourage collaboration between scientists who would not typically work together. As such, it is particularly unusual among scientific conferences in three ways; it is invitation-only, the invitees come from many different areas of science rather than one subject (such as physics, chemistry or biology), and the meeting has no fixed agenda; the invited scientists, technologists and policy makers set the conference program during the conference itself, based on their shared professional interests and enthusiasms.

The first event in 2006 was held under the Chatham House Rule. The policy at the second event was to allow open reporting by default; attendees were expected to indicate if their comments were off the record. Since then Science Foo Camp has taken place annually at the Googleplex campus in Mountain View, California, United States.

It is currently organized by Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media, Timo Hannay of Digital Science and Chris DiBona of Google.


  1. The first meeting was held in August 2006.[2][3]
  2. Second Sci Foo August 2007[4]
  3. Third Sci Foo August 2008[5][6]
  4. Fourth Sci Foo July 2009[7][8]
  5. Fifth Sci Foo July 2010[9]
  6. Sixth Sci Foo August 2011[10]
  7. Seventh Sci Foo August 2012[11]
  8. Eighth Sci Foo June 2013[12][13]
  9. Ninth Sci Foo August 2014[14]

A twelve-minute YouTube video made at SciFoo 2009 is available.


  1. ^ O'Reilly, Tim (March 24, 2009). "It's Always Ada Lovelace Day at O'Reilly". Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  2. ^ Hannay, Timo (September 4, 2006). "SciFoo review". Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  3. ^ "Foo's paradise: In praise of chat". Nature 442 (7105): 848–848. 2006. Bibcode:2006Natur.442..848.. doi:10.1038/442848a. PMID 16929260.  edit (Nature editorial on SciFoo 2006)
  4. ^ Hendler, James (August 6, 2007). "Science FOO Camp 2007 (Scifoo 07)". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  5. ^ Wilczek, Frank (September 3, 2008). "A Slice of SciFoo". Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  6. ^ Gilbey, John (October 2, 2008). "Antimatter and antipasta at the anti-conference". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  7. ^ Clarke, Michael (July 11, 2009). "Sci Foo Camp – Day 1". Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Science Foo Camp (2009)". Archived from the original on 27 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Science Foo Camp (2010)". Archived from the original on 11 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  10. ^ "Science Foo Camp (2011)". Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  11. ^ "Science Foo Camp (2012)". Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  12. ^ "Science Foo Camp (2013)". Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  13. ^ "Sci Foo Camp Postgame Report". Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Science Foo Camp (2014)". Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

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