An unconference seeks to avoid many of the elements of traditional conferences, including fees and top-down agenda setting. Instead an open space methodology is used to set the agenda, on the day. This guarantees that those present address issues that are important and relevant to them.
- Despite being an unconference, it still requires preparation and organisation of logistics much like a traditional conference (book a venue, consider how you’ll record the day, share and advertise with your network)
- Someone needs to facilitate on the day and produce an outline timetable of timings, so people can pitch for sessions within this framework
- If you hold an unconference be prepared for it to provide you with unexpected outcomes, but not necessarily deliver on your aims, unless your audience is interested!