What is an Unconference?

Unconferences are events run by participants. Attendees set the agenda for what’s discussed, lead the sessions and workshops that fill the schedule, and create an environment of innovation and productive discussion.

Every unconference is different, but there are some common tips and tricks that you can use to have an awesome experience — whether you’re attending Bmore Historic or any other event like it.

How to propose & facilitate a good session

The best unconference sessions are led by people who see themselves as facilitating a conversation, not giving a presentation. Sure, you can start by sharing your experience, challenge, new idea or thesis, but remember to be inclusive of your attendees. Set clear goals at the top of your session, make sure all attendees introduce themselves, assign a notetaker, then let the conversation unfold.

Learn more about being a session facilitator.

Learn more about how to propose a session.

Check out proposed sessions for 2024.

How to participate

Every attendee contributes to the ideas and topics discussed at an unconference. When you walk into a session, remember that you are a participant and not a member of the audience, so be sure to contribute your voice. Ask questions, raise ideas, be brave. If, however, you find that you are contributing a lot and the people around you are staying quiet, step back and give them space to speak. Listening is just as big a part of conversation as speaking.

Be creative and feel comfortable

Have fun. Be comfortable. Bring a power point, but go off script. Speak to strangers. Go to a session about something you know nothing about just to learn. Open your mind. Listen. Enjoy yourself.

This introduction to unconferences is adapted from the TransparencyCamp Tips page.