The organizers met Wednesday to review session proposals and identify some possible groupings. You should review each of the proposals as well. This will make Saturday’s agenda-shaping go much easier.
Regarding sessions, please remember un-conferences are informal events. There is no need to prepare a formal paper or PowerPoint to present or plan on doing a prolonged project demo. You are welcome to show a few slides or Webpages, but anything more developed is not necessary. (Plus, you can highlight a project during the lunch hour, if you want. See below.)
If you do plan on showing slides, please put these on a thumbdrive so you can port them into the computers already attached to the projectors in each room.
The session proposals are entrypoints to what are meant to be interesting, creative, and potentially unpredictable conversations. Session leaders should serve as facilitators, hosts, conversation starters rather than featured speakers. We will explain this all with more detail on Saturday morning.
Dress is casual. Please wear something comfortable, and, if you get cold (and the weather is supposed to be dreary and cold on Saturday) in government buildings, you should bring a sweater.
The un-conference begins at 8:30am on Saturday, 12/5. This is the schedule so far:
8:30am-9:15am Breakfast and agenda-shaping.
This is one of those conferences where you cannot skip breakfast. Beginning at 8:30 we will begin collaborating on the day’s agenda, which must be more or less set by 9:15. Please arrive on time to make sure your session proposal is appropriately represented in this process.
9:15-9:45am Organizing committee takes the sessions and drops them into time and location slots.
The time slots are 60 minutes. Each room will have a projector.
9:45-10am Finalize schedule.
10-10:30am Introductory remarks: welcome, ground rules, logistics.
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch – Lightning Talks
We discourage dominating sessions with project demos, so we’re proposing to allow people who want to highlight a project to have 2-3 minutes to do demos during the lunch hour. If you’re interested, we’ll have a sign-up on Saturday morning.
Looking forward to seeing you Saturday, or Friday if you’re coming to a tour or the social gathering. It’s not too late to RSVP for one of the tours; just e-mail me ASAP.