On Saturday, March 5, 2016, in it's 9th year, the Unconferenz will bring together individuals from across the community to foster sharing and interaction amongst its participants. The Unconferenz is attendee driven and is all about your participation. The Unconferenz is a crucible for brainstorming ideas, its mantra is to Create : Collaborate : Catalyze. This year the Unconferenz will have a strong civic tech focus as we are holding it in conjunction with Code Across America and International Open Data Day. Our grand plan is to introduce our government partners to civic technologists and engage citizens to reverse pitch, collaborate and co-create solutions for a 21st century government. We use the Unconferenz to catalyze a movement and would love to have you be a part of it. Feel free to join the conversation and suggest your session topics for 2016.
This year's Unconferenz was quite a memorable one. The intent of the Unconferenz is to share ideas, connect with people and most importantly, take what you have learned at the Unconferenz and continue the dialog. It is difficult to capture all that was discuss at the various sessions, so here's my meager attempt to crowd source and share some of the information: Unconferenz wiki: http://unconferenz.pbworks.com/ Unconferenz 2011 tweet stream: page 1, page 2 Unconferenz photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bytemarks/sets/72157626044877451/ Unconferenz website: http://unconferenz.com (This is going to be upgraded soon.) Unconferenz photos from Madmarv: http://www.flickr.com/photos/madmarv/sets/72157626026735075/ Storify recap from Geewhy: http://storify.com/geewhy/unconferenz-2011-in-tweets
It's amazing how fast time flies by. It didn't seem like one year had gone by since the first Unconferenz took place. The Unconferenz is Hawaii's grassroots tech gathering, organic and self-organized by its participants. On Feb 7, the Unconferenz 2009 materialized at JAIMS where 65+ attendees convened to discuss topics that ranged from Hawaii's broadband future to video streaming. As spontaneous as I might make it sound, the Unconferenz is really a participatory event that is planned over the months preceding the date. The primary discussion takes place at Unconferenz.ning.com where session topics are proposed. As usually is the case there are sessions that you have to choose between. My morning session choices were Second Life, Broadband in Hawaii and Dev. iPhone Apps. The afternoon sessions were split between New Media in News and Gadgets - Show and Tell and wound up with Video Streaming. You can get a sense of the place by checking out the Flickr set by @Quilldancer and the set by @Beegkahuna. I posted my set here. Another great place to experience the flow of events is from the Twitter stream at hash tag #unz. People ask me what is the purpose of the Unconferenz? It is really about collaboration, participation and sharing. It's value to me is to bring people together to interact on topics of interest and to create an environment where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I cannot help but feel that for this the Unconferenz was a great success. A big Mahalo goes out to all the attendees since the Unconferenz is a direct reflection of all who participated. MAHALO!