What’s this unconference I just blogged about you ask? 🙂
An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centred around a theme or purpose. It’s the opposite of a traditional conference.
- You help decide the content.
- It’s a pick-and-mix programme.
- The law of two feet. If you don’t like a session move on until you find one that engages you.
- A marketplace of ideas, many-to-many rather than one-to-many.
No more boring conferences (re: listen through a powerpoint, clap, maybe hear a few questions, repeat – yeah! Coffee time thank god! – go back in and listen to more powerpoints.)
The unconference format is more like a somewhat structured coffee break. In event terms, we’ll be doing 2 open space technology sessions – my first in hosting one but with an experience Monkey by my side;)
Its an answer to the overlapping networking events in the area and a way to save resources for all of those who need to organize a new event. Here, there is no “one organizer”. It’s an event for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. You get what you put in!
If you wanna get inspired about what an unconference looks like (will tell you upfront that ours won’t be as big as this… maybe in a few years;) take a look at the SHINE UNCONFERENCE in London.