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The "user-gen" concept has spread to industry conferences, with some well-known players in the real estate technology field piggybacking on an annual industry event in San Francisco to launch what's believed to be the first ever "RE BarCamp." BarCamps -- the name is derived from the hacker slang term foobar -- are get-togethers where participants discuss early stage Web applications and open source technologies. BarCamps have been held in more than 350 cities worldwide, according to Wikipedia. The real estate technology-themed RE BarCamp coming to San Francisco this month will focus on Web applications and tools for real estate professionals. The free event will be held July 22, the day before Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2008 kicks off. Organizers say the timing is no coincidence. Connect -- an event sponsored by Inman News -- draws real estate industry brokers and agents, consultants and Web developers from around the world. The list of those pl...