Calling all Developers and IT Professionals!
Kim McCall 060000VCYE Visits (3001)
Did you know there's going to be an "Unconference" at the IBM Impact Conference this year? Neither did I. Mainly because I had no idea what an "unconference" was.
Normally at a conference you're fixed into predetermined panels and strictly imposed agendas which is nice (provided they have the air conditioning set at a comfortable level, seating that’s not elbow to elbow with your fellow conference attendee, and maybe some water nearby).
But, the UnConference is different. Here you can share topics YOU want to discuss, speak freely, move about. Maybe they'll even let you bring in your...soda.
All the available experts and like-minded individuals that make conferences so satisfying will be handy in a non-staged environment. You can hang out with other IT professionals and developers and talk about common (or perhaps uncommon) challenges and discuss solutions in a free flowing format. You’re even encouraged to move around and engage with your colleagues.
What's clever is the session topics will be added or changed in response to feedback received real time. So, if there's topic you'd like to see simply submit an idea online and vote on it. There’s a "Uservoice" forum where you can view topic ideas that are already submitted and you can vote on the ones that YOU find the most interesting.
As a participant, you'll be compelled to participate in some way. You might decide to contribute to a discussion with developers in a roundtable or maybe even decide to present a topic of your own! Either way, this is the time to ask the deep questions of the best people for the most valuable conversations.
Don't forget to leave your comments on the Unconference topics page. This will steer the topic and agendas as more people join the discussion.
Watch twitter for hashtags #unconference with #IBMImpact to see topics, scheduling and live-blogging from the sessions. Interact with the Unconference forum from Facebook. Post your photos and video to your social channels with the same tags.
The WebSphere Unconference will be on April 14th during Impact and sponsored by developerWorks and the Global WebSphere Community so there will be a few guidelines in place to make sure everything goes smoothly. So, don't miss it!