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Unconference Info
 

What is an "Un-Conference?"

 

An "Unconference" or "Open Space" meeting is a participant-driven meeting. It is often used to describe gatherings that try to avoid hierarchical aspects of a conventional conference.


At Concations, we typically use the term to describe a dedicated time and place at events where attendees are also the presenters, event hosts, moderators, etc.. For example, attendees can:

 

  • Teach workshops

  • Provide demonstrations

  • Lead discussions

  • Host lab time sessions

  • Host skill-share sessions

  • Produce a short performance

  • Arrange a social gathering or meet n' greet for people with similar interests, commonalities, etc.

  • Host a game or fun competition

 

Unconference times and locations will be listed on the schedule at our events.

 

During the event attendees can propose unconference events at the time of any of the scheduled unconference spot, or they can announce their event in advance via the group's Discord chat. Announcements can also be made prior to workshops or group events. Good ole' fashioned word of mouth works too. 

 

The locations of unconference workshops are not limited to the designated location; however, we cannot "reserve" any particular location. Therefore, if you select a different location at the resort, it is possible it may already be in use by the resort or another group. So some flexibility is required!

 

The Rule of Two Feet

 

One rule of an unconference is the "Rule of Two Feet" (more currently known as the "Rule of Mobility"). With this rule, it is accepted that attendees are free to join or leave a workshop at any time. Rather than being deemed "offensive", the rule furthers the common goal of everyone's needs being met - namely getting the most out of the event and everyone's time.

 

How to Announce an Unconference Event:

 

To propose or announce a workshop, use the workshops channel in the Discord server.  You can announce your event or propose it to see if anyone is interested in attending or co-presenting, hosting, etc. In general, the following information would be helpful:

 

  1. Name of the event

  2. Name of instructor/host/leaders

  3. Day and time of the event

  4. Location at the resort (e.g. Beach tent, Gym, Piano Bar, Beach, etc.)

  5. A short description of what will occur 

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