Stanford University IT Unconference 2011

Stanford’s IT Community

Plans are underway for the second annual Stanford IT Unconference, Thursday, October 18th at the School of Medicine’s Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.

View Session Agenda and Notes

On November 16th, 2011 IT colleagues from Schools and Organizations across the University met at the Stanford University IT Unconference.

Our theme was “Building the Future IT Community at Stanford”, with a goal of strengthening our community through information sharing, raising awareness around common issues, and encouraging transformation as we look towards the future.

The morning include a chance to meet colleagues over breakfast prior to hearing from our speakers. We then launched into the unconference agenda creation before we broke for lunch. The afternoon was be the unconference portion of the program.

Together we can build the future IT Community at Stanford.

What is an Unconference?

photo of boards propped up against the wall with sticky pads on them with suggested topics for the agenda

An unconference is a facilitated event where the attendees create the agenda and lead discussions around a theme.

The session topics are dynamic and decided at the event when participants propose topics they want to discuss and sign up for topics proposed by others. We will follow the unconference Law of Two Feet: If you find yourself not learning or contributing at any time, it is your responsibility to use your two feet to find somewhere you are learning or contributing.

With this format, we hope to enable discussion topics that are relevant to now and the future.

Agenda Creation

The agenda will be created by the participants in the morning, after the keynotes and before lunch.

There'll be 28 tables set up in the hall where people will sit during the keynotes. On each table, we'll have markers and large sticky notes. At the front of the room, we'll have a microphone and two large white boards. After the keynote speeches and a break, participants will be invited to suggest sessions they are willing to lead.

The process will be:

At the end of this process, and as people leave for lunch, they'll be asked to put a sticky dot on the sessions they are likely to attend. A team of highly trained monkeys will then assign rooms of appropriate size based on expressed interest and put that information on the agenda boards and on the website.