JA-SIG Fall 2008 Unconference

Paul Zablosky Paul.Zablosky at ubc.ca
Wed Jun 18 23:17:40 UTC 2008


*/The JA-SIG Fall 2008 Unconference is Coming!/*

*Dates:*  
October 6-8  The JA-SIG 2008 Unconference
October 9-10 Developer meetings and optional post-conference activities

*Place:*  
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, 
Madison, WI 53706-1420,
Front Desk: 608-262-1122

*Registration/Fees:*
Look for an announcement soon.  Unconference registration fees are 
moderate--well below our typical conference registration.

*Accommodations:*
The Edgewater Hotel $129/night  -  Deadline for guaranteed rate is 
September 1, 2008
*800.922.5512  * www.theedgewater.com <http://www.theedgewater.com/>
Make sure you ask for the JA-SIG room block and rate.

What's an Unconference?

"An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is 
driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the 
course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group 
of organizers, in advance."
   -Wikipedia

JA-SIG has always been about people coming together to share and learn 
in an open environment, and this is what an "unconference" is all about. 
The unconference format fits very well with our community values and 
goals. Last year's inaugural unconference was a rousing success and this 
year's promises to be even better.

This October event will provide both spontaneous and planned 
opportunities to collaborate on all JA-SIG community initiatives as well 
as initiatives from other community open source projects. Mark your 
calendar and make plans to join us! More information about the 
unconference will be available soon.

What are we going to do?

It's up to you!  Ideas people are talking about so far include the 
following:

Lightning Talks - Volunteers talk for up to 10 minutes. Any topic goes.
Code Clinics - Bring your uPortal, portlet, or CAS code or problem and 
work on it with core developers
Birds of a Feather Sessions - Discuss common interests, issues, problems 
with colleagues.
Screencast Factory - Show off your work while a facilitator captures it 
to share with the community.
Strategic Planning - What should JA-SIG be focused on next year?  In 
three years?  Join the conversation.
How-to's. How-not-to's.  Tips and techniques.

The final schedule will be determined in real-time, interactively with 
the attendees. 

More information will be available soon!  See you at the Unconference!

The Fall 2008 JA-SIG Unconference Organizers

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