The San Jose Mercury News covered MashupCamp on the front page of the Business Section today. I blogged about the article on my Unconference Blog. They had the title in the paper – “How can you plan anything in Silicon Valley using these rules?”
I had a good day at the Online Community Camp at Fort Mason. I have posted some thoughts about the day’s process on my unconference blog on process.
I got to speak to a small group during lunch about the user-centric identity space and again to a larger session focused on emerging technologies – Web2.0 you know. It was well received and many of the folks here were thankful to learn about the emerging trends.
First I will do picture filled “tour” of unconfernce processes and patterns for about 1/2 an hour and then answering some questions.
The irony of being asked to speak about designing unconferences is not lost on me because conferences have experts or distinguished speakers share their knowledge broadcast style to an audience. I decided that it would only be appropriate to do what happens at unconferences tap into the knowledge is in the room because the BayCHI community has been to many 100’s of events, conferences, workshops, meetings. They know more collectively then I do.
We will use the discovery process of Appreciative Inquiry to share the knowledge in the room about effective and inspiring process at conferences.
The audience will divide up into dyads and answer these questions:
Think of a time in your entire conference going experience, when have you felt most alive, most inspired and most proud. What was it that made it a high point? Please tell that story. Follow up question What seemed particularly effective or innovative?
Then we will gather in small groups of 6-10:
First tell each others story to the others in the group.
2. Merge lists of key qualities and circumstances of peak (un)conference going experiences.
3. Pick from this list the top two elements.
Then with the whole audience will hear from each group the key elements they found in their group.
BJ a Dialogue Mapper will capture the whole audience participation. I will collect the papers that have the merged list of each of the groups and will post them likely on the dCamp wiki.
I am going to be talking at BayCHI on unconference design next month on May 9. It will be fun to share what I have learned from my years of conference attendance and recent foray into helping produce and facilitated unconferences like the Internet Identity Workshop and Mashup Camp.
I went to BayCHI on Tuesday to get a sense of the crowd. T hey had great questions for the Social Search companies there. Pandora, Live365, Netflix, Digg and Del.icio.us.
The funniest part of the evening was when the Digg guy was like ‘way back in the Web 1.5 days’ and the live365 guy goes ‘you mean in November’ – everyone cracked up.
Apparently MS seems to think we are about 5 yrs ahead of time using 10 hour fuel cell batteries or something in our laptops.
There are literally NO power bar outlets in the seating area of the entire 1300 person auditorium for keynotes. The walls on either side are ‘flexiwalls’ so no power from them. There is one outlet with two plugs in this main hall. In the breakout session rooms there are a couple outlets at the back. I went and asked why they didn’t have plugs and they were like we have wifi. I was like “power cord plugs” they were like oh?
Scoble (who was part of organizing this) – you would think that they would meet peoples power needs. Heck they have seat beanbags with Mix embroidered on them. One thing they get right even if the wifi isn’t working is that there is power.