An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid hierarchical aspects of a conventional conference, such as sponsored presentations and top-down organization.
Typically at an unconference, the agenda is created by the attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. Some unconference sessions are led by the participant who suggested its topic; other unconference sessions are basically open discussions of the session topic.
An “unconference” is particularly useful when participants generally have a high level of expertise or knowledge in the field the conference convenes to discuss.
Total duration of videos is 12 minutes and 6 seconds
What is an Unconference? (1:19)
Norms and Tips (2:50)
How to run an Unconference (4:29)
7 tips in Hosting an Engaging Unconference (3:28)
An unconference can be conducted using a number of facilitation styles. Some of these are:
Birds of a feather: birds of a feather informal discussion groups, each dealing with a specific topic.
Fishbowl: How to facilitate a “fishbowl” conversation (0:54)
Ignite: Ignite (Ignite Talks) is a series of events where speakers have five minutes to talk on a subject accompanied by 20 slides, for 15 seconds each, automatically advanced. Video (3:48)
Lightning talks: A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes, given at a conference or similar forum. Several lightning talks will usually be delivered by different speakers in a single session, sometimes called a data blitz. Wikipedia Page
Open Space Technology: Open Space Technology (OST) is a method for organizing and running a meeting or multi-day conference, where participants have been invited in order to focus on a specific, important task or purpose.
PechaKucha: PechaKucha (Japanese: ぺちゃくちゃ, IPA: [petɕa kɯ̥tɕa], chit-chat) is a storytelling format in which a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each. At a PechaKucha Night, individuals gather at a venue to share personal presentations about their work. The PechaKucha format can be used, for example, in business presentations to clients or staff, as well as in education settings. Video (6:25)
Speed geeking: Wikipedia Page; example video (2:26)
World café (conversation): Wikipedia page