At an unConference, the agenda is created by the attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. Some unConference sessions (for example, at FooCamp or BarCamp) are led by the participant who suggested its topic; other unConference sessions are open discussions of the session topic.
An “unConference” is particularly useful when participants generally have a high level of expertise or knowledge in the field the conference convenes to discuss.
Someone once said: “An unConference is all about people.” Judith Andresen, Fabian’s mentor for anything regarding unConferences, noted that an unConference makes the coffee break a principle, and there is nothing to add.
Okay, maybe just let us add two more aspects that shape this event:
- There are no previously selected speakers. On the day of the event, you decide what you are interested in and what you would like to talk about.
- We will have a lot coffee breaks. More precisely, the plan is to have a 45min session, followed by a 30min coffee break.
We meet in the morning, collect contributions (talks, workshops, tutorials, or discussions you can offer or moderate) and interests (topics you would like to hear about, learn or check out).
All topics are presented in a few sentences. If topics overlap or complement one another, we merge them, so two contributions may result in one session. These merges are often a great starting point for a discussion.
All attendees have two votes to give feedback on what they are interested in. The sessions with the most votes are selected to fill our timetable.
We keep an eye on the clock and make sure that after each 45min session, we bring you all together for 30 minutes, so you can discuss the session you’ve just attended, talk about issues or ideas you have about Magento, drink a cup of coffee or have a little chit-chat with new and old friends.