Do You Unconference?
By jack.flynn on Aug 12, 2008
Open Space Discussions Let You Choose the Topic
Follow a few Oracle OpenWorld enthusiasts around on any given day and they’ll likely lead you to an Oracle OpenWorld Unconference session. In high-tech parlance, an unconference is an informal open space meeting in which attendees determine their own topics for discussion. Typically, there’s no agenda—participants write a list of subjects on posters and whiteboards on a first-come, first-served basis—and the location is usually sparse and accessible, like a lobby, lounge, or outdoor patio.
Here’s what to expect: each presenter gets a modest block of time to address the group and is discouraged from using elaborate diagrams or tedious PowerPoint slides to illustrate their concepts. Let the power of ideas shine through, goes the mantra.
If you’ve attended a previous unconference session and have thoughts or advice for people presenting or attending, leave your comments below this post. If you have a technique, opinion, approach, or theory that you’re eager to share, sign up to speak or get to the OTN room before the Unconferences begin. Bring your laptop and your passion; we'll provide the space, the whiteboard, and the projector.
The Unconferences will be held at the Moscone West 3rd Floor Overlooks on Monday through Thursday (September 22–25) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Update 08.13.08: Here are a couple more great blogs that will help prepare you for Oracle OpenWorld 2008—and for the Unconference.