Friday, April 10, 2009

"Whoever comes is the right people"

Last year an unconference was coordinated in Auckland by Suzie Vesper. You can listen to feedback from participants on the VoiceThread below. We have had a number of informal requests to repeat this get together or 'unconference' so have decided to hold it again on Saturday May9. The venue will be open from 10am -4pm and in the spirit of an unconference there is no registration, cost, or required time to attend.





What is an unconference?
We have set up a wiki page with more information here. You are invited to add your details to the wiki
as it could be useful for people who are thinking of attending to have some idea of who might be there and areas of interest. There is no commitment as we are acknowledging the openspace rule... "Whoever comes is the right people".

There will be updates on the wiki closer to the day. You can keep up-to-date by joining the wiki and clicking the 'notify me' tab at the top of the wiki page to set up notifications. There is also a hash tag in twitter you can follow by searching #may9 from Twitter. This will show you updates about the unconference and can also provide you with some idea of who might be attending and topics they are interested in exploring.

The unconference is very much about giving and receiving, while I admit that there will probably be a few geeks there (not looking at anyone in particular... lol) this will be a valuable but relaxed opportunity for participants to learn. If you have been thinking about using some of these new technologies and have questions, this might very well be the place for you on #may9!


Images from last year's unconference.

2 comments:

Manaiakalani said...

Looking forward to being there on May 9 Fiona. This was a good idea to repost the Voice Thread and I hope people take the time to listen through all the comments if they are uncertain about attending.
I think it is important for people who want a chance to unleash their inner geek to realise that this is a great venue for them BUT also for those who are enthusiastic but uncertain to realise that this type of conference is a fantastic way to start out too. Better than formal conferences because if you don't understand or 'get' anything you can just ask someone.
See you there

Dorothy

Lenva Shearing said...

Looking forward to it - thanks for all your hard work.
Glad you are not looking at any geeks!!!!
It is important to have a atmosphere that people can feel comfortable and not afraid to ask for help.