Are you ready for Unconferenz 2012?

Thank you for registering and participating in tomorrow’s Unconferenz!

Now in its fifth year, the Unconferenz has built a strong history of
bringing together a diverse group of geeks, coders, designers,
entrepreneurs, thinkers, and simply curious people to share, learn,
create, and look ahead. It’s been where the earliest seeds were
planted for many great things that have grown into positive, tangible
things in our community, from inspiring podcasters and media makers,
to sparking what is now a growing “design thinking” movement, to
fueling the coworking movement that today finds several great creative
spaces where just last year there were none.

Please help us push the ‘un’ in Unconferenz. Everyone needs to take an
active part to ensure everyone is engaged and comes away inspired.
Some tips:

1. If you want to play a direct part in picking the day’s topics,
please come early! At 8:00am, we’re going to be arranging the day’s
program grid so people can start to plan where they want to be
throughout the day.
Here is what the agenda looks like:

  • 8:00am – 8:45am        Registration and session sign up (Iliahi)
  • 9:00am – 9:50am        Session 1
  • 10:00am – 10:50am    Session 2
  • 11:00am – 11:50am    Session 3
  • 12:00 noon – 1:00pm  Lunch (Iliahi)
  • 1:15pm – 2:05pm        Session 4
  • 2:15pm – 3:05pm        Session 5
  • 3:15pm – 4:00pm       Ignite Session

2. If you’re counting on a specific session, step up to help make it
happen. Everyone will have stickers to ‘vote’ for topics, so encourage
others to ‘vote’ for it. More importantly, if the session is
scheduled, be there, and don’t hesitate to get things started. No one
is appointed ‘moderator’ or ‘speaker.’ But we’re all facilitators.

3. The Unconferenz is peer-to-peer, grassroots, positive collaboration
and action. So please help guide any session you’re in. Ask questions.
Call for opinions. Encourage everyone to speak, not just one person.
Find common ground in disagreements, and soften pitches with broader

4. If we’re to cover all the wonderful things we want to cover, we
need your help moving things forward. Watch the clock. Signal to your
fellow participants when a session is drawing to a close. Are there
things that need to happen? Save time for action items and follow up.
Suggest ways people can connect and continue the conversation

This year, the Unconferenz is also part of the national Code Across
 event, and the home of Ignite Honolulu 3. Our closing session
at 3:15 p.m. should be a fun one, with seven great volunteers (including
O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly) will share their passions in
fast-paced, no-pauses presentations.

Most importantly, of course, have fun. Meet new people. Explore new ideas.

Final reminders:

Unconferenz 2012 is taking place in the Iliahi building on the
Kapiolani Community College campus. Our morning start time coincides
with the immensely popular KCC Farmer’s Market, so plan ahead, and
look for parking at the far, upper corner of the lot.

And we encourage you to post quotes, thoughts, photos and videos on
Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else. The hashtag is #UNZ12.

Mahalo again for being a part of Unconferenz 2012. See you soon!

Burt and Ryan


  1. Scott says:

    Thank you for hosting the conference it was somewhat informative. I especially enjoyed the session about Code for America. They really seemed passionate about their work.

    If you plan on doing the conference again, it might be useful to make sure that the people leading the sessions actively lead, with an agenda and expected outcomes. An advance program might also be useful in making sure that the sessions are informative, with pre-defined objectives.

    The first-period session about managing creative projects (in the front room), did not really have any format and sort of got off on a tangent about ecology and universal engagement. While open dialog is good, I think there has to be some set information presented and the dialog has to be facilitated around the topic at hand. Everyone has their own take and agenda but it is up to the speaker/leader/facilitator to keep the discussion about the topic we all wanted to hear about by attending a given session.

    The third period session about gadgets was derailed by lack of preparation, the gadgets could not be demoed due to lack of an adapter cable and unreliable Internet access. I have done presentations and know to always save screen shots locally because venue Internet access is unreliable.

    I definitely got my money’s worth out of the program by countering the (self described) State employee who said that Twitter would be a good way for people to report dam failures during session four about social media marketing. :-)

    Perhaps a better speaker honorarium or having more rigorous selection criteria for presenters would yield a better, more useful program.

    Thanks again for providing the opportunity to meet other tech-minded people and I look forward to attending future events.