Submit a session proposal online. We’ll send out updates on the session proposals in the weeks leading up to the unconference.
What do I propose?
There are roughly four approaches you can take to an unconference session:
- Talk: offer to lead a group discussion on a topic or question of interest to you.
- Make: offer to lead a small group in a hands-on collaborative working session with the aim of producing a draft document or a new tour program.
- Teach: offer to teach a skill, either a “hard” skill like a digital tool or a “soft” skill like engaged scholarship.
- Play: anything goes — you can suggest literally playing a game, or spend the time however you like!
If you need access to a laptop, projector or internet access, please let us while we scheduling the sessions! Most but not all rooms will have presentation equipment.
What sessions have been proposed in the past?
Explore our new database of past Bmore Historic session proposals. We’ll be adding links to session notes to this database soon!
How do I propose a session?
Session proposals can be submitted online in the weeks leading up to the unconference. On the morning of the event, all Bmore Historic participants will vote on those proposals (and probably come up with several new ones), and then all together will work out how best to put those sessions into a schedule.
Remember that you will be expected to facilitate the sessions you propose, so that if you propose a hacking session, you should have the germ of a project to work on; if you propose a workshop, you should be prepared to teach it or find a teacher; if you propose a discussion, you should be prepared to summarize what that is, begin the discussion, keep the discussion going, and end the discussion.
When do I propose a session?
You can propose a session as early as you like, but most people choose to submit a session proposal online just a few weeks before Bmore Historic. We’ll send out a list of all everyone’s session proposals before the unconference so you can consider which sessions interest you or if you want to suggest a new session. You can always share a last-minute idea and propose it to the Bmore Historic participants during the scheduling session, which takes place at the very beginning of the unconference.
Why are sessions proposed this way?
Proposing sessions just before Bmore Historic and collaboratively building a schedule during the first session of the event ensures that sessions are honest and informal, keeps session topics current, and encourages unconference participants to collaborate on shared ideas.