What is an unconference?

By Liz Elam On October 9, 2017 In CoworkingConferenceGCUC 2017

An Unconference: GCUC Style

We all know what a conference is; people dress up, some show up in suits, some don’t, they’ve got a set topic of discussion, there’s some time for questions at the end, some are boring and some aren’t, you get the idea.  But do you know what an unconference is?

Basically an unconference is an event (or conference if you will) in which attendees get to choose the topics of discussion.  Think of it as a day of,crowd sourced, conference agenda- created by the people for the people.

You will find a rainbow of colorful blank eco-static notes on the glass, outside the auditorium, on Friday.  You are invited to post a topic, any topic. This could be something that you are struggling with and need guidance on or even something you are passionate about and what to share with the rest of the attendees.

Once topics are posted you have 60- seconds (and we mean exactly 60 seconds) to fast pitch your topic. People will then vote on the topics that they want to hear and the most popular will be turned into sessions. If sessions are similar, we will then group the sessions into an “unconference agenda” and off you go.

If a session you submitted is chosen – you will lead that session. If you are in a grouping then you will co-lead the session. An unconference is a place for community collaboration and open conversation.

The first day is full of speakers and experts that will shed light on the latest trends and know-hows of the industry. The second day is the ‘unconference’, and you will be able to choose whether you want to learn about design or community, management or wellness, legal matters or technology, etc.

Unconference session

Our goal during the unconference day is for you to participate and share knowledge with other guests, while at the same time you gather some new insights and ideas. It’s a win-win situation – you share, you learn, you meet others.

We look forward to seeing you at GCUC Singapore on November 9th and 10th.