Just a quick post to capture a sense of ChangeCamp Ottawa yesterday. This a deliberate echo of my SciFoo 2007 posting, as SciFoo is where I learned about unconferences.
The basic format is you all gather around a common interest, but there is no set agenda - the participants at the event draw up the schedule (in ChangeCamp terminology "The Grid") of sessions and then facilitate and participate in them.
(live action version)
The Closing Circle - at the end of the day, we came back into the circle again
Together - apart - together. A constant dynamic. This is the nature of the new communities we are forming online and offline.
There was also lots of video captured - there are over 50 videos up on YouTube and as well Gwen captured a lot of video on Ustream. There was a fair amount of audio coverage too, there are a few "audioboo" interviews from Ian, as well Apartment613 was going around with a mike and Robin Browne was there with his cool microphone/recorder thingy. There are over 300 photos up on Flickr. The tag to look for is cco09
The "virtual grid" of sessions is up on the wiki, but there is still a fair amount of work to get all the notes integrated. (We had some technical challenges with the particular wiki software.)
We had some good discussions about open government and open data.
Overall very successful for a first event in Ottawa. And yes, we're already talking about next year...
May 13, 2009 ChangeCamp Ottawa - May 16, 2009 - sold out