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Date:  October 1, 2008
Location:  TBA
Time:  9am - 4pm

UnSummit 2008 is an technology+marketing conference that is being spawned as an alternative to the MIMA Summit, which is to be held on Oct. 1, 2008. Our idea was to hold UnSummit on the same day. That way, if you were already planning on taking off work, you've still got someplace to go.

What’s the format?
UnSummit is an alternative, "unconference." Not unlike a BarCamp. That means no pre-set agenda. No experts. Full participation. Full dissemination. And free admission. All the things that traditional conferences are not.

What are we going to talk about?
Much depends on who attends and what they want to discuss. We're hoping to attract attendees who are interested in the collision of new technology and marketing. We expect to spend the day digging into social media, branding, apps, widgets, startups, SEO, mobile apps, etc. Some folks are going to want to discuss more strategic business issues. Others will want to dig into the technology and even take it down to the code level. It's all good. The community will ultimately decide on the specific speakers and sessions.

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 1
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location is being determined. Visit the location page to view/edit potential locations.

How do I register?
1. Go to the login page and click "request access". We'll grant you editing access as soon as possible.

2. Put your details on the attendees page. If you cannot attend please take your name off the list, so we can anticipate space requirements.

3. Go to the topics page to add and/or sign up for a topic.

We'll need help with various tasks during the day. Please add your name to the volunteers page.


We'll have some equipment needs (wifi hubs, routers, cables, etc.). A list of hardware needs will be posted shortly on the equipment page. If you can bring something, please sign up.


Depending on the venue, we will have order lunch on premises or attendees can organize lunch outings at nearby restaurants.


If anyone is interested in going out to dinner/drinks after UnSummit, please put your name on the Dinner list by midday, Sept. 30.


Happy Hour
The MIMA folks are seeing if UnSummit attendees can also crash the MIMA's post-summit happy hour.

UnSummit an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. When you come, be prepared to share with others. When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.



No spectators, only participants

Attendees must give a demo, a session, or help with one, or otherwise volunteer / contribute in some way to support the event.
All presentations are scheduled the day they happen. Prepare in advance, but come early to get a slot on the wall. The people present at the event will select the demos or presentations they want to see.
Presenters are responsible for making sure that notes/slides/audio/video of their presentations are published on the web for the benefit of all and those who can’t be present.

The rules of UnSummit

If you want to present, you must write your topic and name on the topics page.
We will hold as many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
No pre-scheduled presentations.
Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.

Additional guidelines

Presentations promoting specific commercial products or companies are discouraged.

Reporting/recording the event

Not everyone can attend all sessions, so please add your notes to the Session Notes page.

Please use the tag unsummit08 in your Flickr uploads and blog posts.

Please use the #unsummit08 hashtag on Twitter.

Photos, audio and video are permitted during the unconference. If you do this, please use the material with respect. Some of it will end up on this wiki, Flickr and in blog posts. Please tell people doing the recording if you don't want your image/audio/video online.

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:58 PM | Back to top

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