Fall, 2011 Jasig Unconference!

Patty Gertz ed at jasig.org
Wed Sep 14 21:40:40 UTC 2011


Save the Date for a

Jasig TRUE  Unconference!

The Jasig Board of Directors is aware of the challenge of holding our
valuable annual unconference during times of reduced travel budgets. Our
response is an opportunity to meet and collaborate with relatively little
cost to you.

Dates: Unconference Sessions,  November 7-9th, 2011 and Developer Meetings,
November 10-11th, 2011.

Place:  UMassOnline Offices, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  This campus is
approximately one to one and a half hours from Boston's Logan Airport, near
Worcester, MA.  We will make an attendee list available on the wiki so
people can possibly coordinate sharing rental cars.

Content:  Help us make this the best unconference ever by joining the
logistics planning group. If you're interested, contact Patty at
ED at jasig.org .

Conference fee:  FREE.

Hotel: We will reserve a block of rooms at the DoubleTree Westborough (6
miles from the meeting) at the special rate of 119.00, including wireless.
Please send me an indication of whether you're coming ASAP so I can adjust
the block appropriately.

Meals: UMassOnline will offer a lunch deal for a reasonable price (5.00 for
a bag lunch).  Some hotels include breakfast. Since this is a true
unconference, you are on your own for meals, but we will make suggestions. 

Please Note:  This is a pay-as-you-go informal unconference, which allows us
to eliminate the conference fee entirely.  We believe the primary value of
this meeting is the opportunity to work together, and we are facilitating
that. 

To Sign Up: Please send your name, email address, institution, a phone
number, and what days you'll attend to Patty Gertz at ED at jasig.org. We will
soon have an unconference wiki where Patty will post attendee and meeting
information.

 

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

Jasig has always been about people coming together to share and learn in an
open environment, and this is what an "unconference" is all about.

This fall event will provide both spontaneous and planned opportunities to
collaborate on all Jasig community initiatives as well as initiatives from
other community open source projects. 

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 8 minutes. Any topic goes.
Workshops - Bring your uPortal, portlet, CAS, Bedework, or IdM code or
design or requirements and work on them with core developers.
Birds of a Feather Sessions - Discuss common interests, issues, problems
with colleagues.

Strategic Planning - What impact will the merger with Sakai have on Jasig?
Where should this new organization be in one year? In three years?  Join the
conversation.


Newbie? Meet the experts and get individualized help.
How-to's. How-not-to's. Tips and techniques.

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

Questions? Send email to Patty Gertz at ED at jasig.org

 

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