About Unconferences…

There’s a report from YABOU about a talk at BayCHI by Kaliya Hamlin about Unconferences. Here’s an excerpt:

Kaliya defined unconferences as lying between a conference with a structured agenda and a cocktail party – this is where unconferences live. She outlined the important elements of a successful unconference:

The invitation and how it is framed, the wiki where ideas and tentative plans can be posted, as well as a list of who will be there (it has been amazing to see the list grow for DCamp), and the welcoming on the actual day. Kaliya gave examples of having public sign-in lists, big, sometimes illustrated. Name-tags are essential because identity is essential. Activities that have worked in the past have included having attendees represented by their caricature, and having people bring or develop logo’s related to their work.