The purpose of the unconference is to bring people together in informal, ad-hoc gatherings, based on common interests, questions or projects. These gatherings help participants break the mould of the conference and therefore shape their own learning.
An unconference is based on three things:
- It is informal.
- Participants set the agenda.
- It is mainly focused on discussion and exchange of ideas and practices.
Ideas for unconference sessions can come up at any time throughout the conference: During a friendly discussion on the bus or pondering something one heard during a presentation or talk.
Anyone can propose and lead a session. Those who submitted proposals that didn’t make it into the conference program are welcome to bring up their topic as an unconference session, but so is everyone else. Unconference sessions can be simple group discussions with no slides or full-blown hands-on workshops. A session with just two people talking is awesome. Great ideas can be born from small, informal discussions and people always appreciate listening and learning something new. There is no critical mass for inspiration.
Schedule and planning
The two unconference sessions are scheduled for:
- Sunday, 16:00–17:15
- Monday, 11:45–13:00
Starting on Saturday and throughout the conference, you can propose a session by filling in and posting a form on the unconference board. We will also be updating the information on this online board.
Participants are encouraged to post descriptions and outcomes of their unconference sessions on the AMICAL 2019 space AMICAL Connect.