Hold an event
Anyone can hold a Digital Britain Unconference or associate a pre-existing event with Digital Britain Unconference.
The event or unconference can be of any size and held in any suitable place that you can hear yourselves speak: from a few people gathering in a quiet pub to 100+ people meeting in a conference room. The only criteria are:
- Your findings need to be summarised into a short document (see below)
- It needs to happen before 13th May 2009
Here’s some recommendations for setting an event up:
- Firstly, check: is there already an existing event that you or others could attend?
- If not, find a venue, ideally that’s free, to meet
- Set a date and time (a minimum of about an hour should be set aside for conversation)
- Think about refreshments – can you find someone to provide some, will you need to ask attendees to bring some money with them for drinks?
- Use eventbrite to set up and handle invites and attendees. It also will gives you a page to link to for telling others.
- Tip: limit the numbers who can attend on eventbrite to about 10 or 15 % more than the venue can hold as you will always have people dropping out at the last minute.
- Tell people about the event and send them the eventbrite link – try to make sure you have a wide representation of people invited. Consider: might your mum, best friend, colleague, or neighbour be interested in coming along?
- Encourage attendees to read the Digital Britain Interim Report and other documents, blogs, wikis that have been written to date (see our list of links on the right hand side)
- Add your event to the list here by adding it in the comments section
How to run your event on the day?
- Check out this explanation of unconferences.
- There is no right or wrong way to run an unconference (minus having people on a stage talking and having an audience)
- You are aiming to facilitate conversation amongst people and get ideas going.
- Before hand think about a loose structure to focus conversation. Suggestions: select a set of themes or select a few of the Interim Report articles to focus on or think about the kinds of expertise of those attending.
- Think about how you might break the times of conversation up into sections if your event is going to be longer than an hour
- Designate someone to direct operations and get everyone talking
What is most important is that the conversations are recorded, summarised and sent in to us!
- Post-it notes can be a really handy way to collect ideas, stick them on a wall and photograph them, and use them to help you write your summary.
- Flip-charts and lots of paper and markers can also work well
- Any photos, blog posts, slideshare presentations, Tweets etc, etc should be tagged with one/both of the following: dbuc09, digitalbritainunconference
Send your concise event report (ideally a Word Document no more than 2 sides of A4) by 13th May to: digitalbritainunconferences at gmail dot com
There it will be added to all the other reports we receive and edited into one document and submitted to BERR and this website.