InfoCamp 2013

InfoCamp is an unconference for information and technology professionals in Seattle. The conference attracts students and professionals to discuss current industry trends and network within our community. The focus on information invites cross-pollination between the hard core information workers and the bleeding edge technologists who make it happen.


October 12 & 13 @ Mary Gates Hall,
University of Washington




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Beth Kolko (@bkolko): Plenary Speaker Presentation. Notes from @Mod_Librarian.
Mark Root-Wiley (@mrwweb):  Wordpress and CMSs
Phannipha Arunyaangkul ( Beyond Photoshop. Notes from @KatCountniss.
Tracy Wolfe (@Mod_Librarian): DAM UX!
Hoby Van Hoose (@HobyUX): Friendly Bus Seating: Transit Usability and Agile UX Practices
Michael Booth: HTML5 Everywhere. Notes from @KatCountniss.
James Callan (@scarequotes): Using your editorial style guide to create better UX
Gary Carlson (@gc_taxonomy): Taxonomy presentation
Patrick Neeman (@usabilitycounts): Why I Love User Stories
Michael Adcock (@adcockm): Fringe IA
Eric Bell (@ericthebell): Hackathons. Notes from @KatCountniss.
@UXHowHow to Break Into UX

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What is InfoCamp Seattle?

It is an egalitarian, community-driven format in which the agenda is created during the event — so anyone can sign up to lead a session. There are no attendees, just participants. It’s for everyone interested in user experience, information architecture, interaction design, user-centered design, information design, library & information science, online search, information management, informatics, and related fields. I know it sounds weird, but it works. InfoCamps occur in many cities around the U.S. and the World and InfoCamp Seattle has been an annual event since 2007.

Who attends InfoCamp?

InfoCamp welcomes anyone interested in information-related topics, from any perspective! You’ll meet:

  • professionals and practitioners from industry, academia, non-profits, government, libraries, and other sectors;
  • people seeking work
  • hobbyists
  • students

InfoCamp attracts people from a variety of disciplines, such as information architecture, informatics, library & information science, taxonomy, interaction design, user experience, user-centered design, information design, online search, information management, informatics, technical communication, human-centered design and engineering, human-computer interaction, and more.

What is the format of this unconference?

InfoCamp features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which the agenda is created during the event — so anyone who attends can lead a session! You, the participants, design and deliver most of the sessions. You determine the topic and format of your session, pitch your session idea to the group, and sign up for a time slot. The purpose of this format is to encourage collaboration, interaction, discussion, and real-time innovation. The benefits of this format include the immediacy of the topics – the sessions didn’t have to be submitted months ahead of time – and the fun, exciting (and a bit chaotic) feeling of being part of an event that’s being led by everyone. You can also read our blog post with more details about the format. Or this one. Or this one!

What topics are discussed at InfoCamp?

Since InfoCamp is an unconference, nobody knows exactly what topics will be covered until the event actually starts! Participants will sign up to lead sessions during the event. As a 2009 InfoCamper in Seattle said,

“I like that none of the speakers or session topics are decided in advance. It’s risky but fun! The variety was amazing and it’s great to see people get brave at the last minute, get on stage, and propose something.”

You can create sessions on any topic related to information, from any perspective. All we ask is that you don’t use session time to sell a product or service.

Who can register as a student?

Students enrolled in any program, any major, any school, in fall 2013 may sign up for student tickets. Be ready to show your ID.

Who owns InfoCamp?

You do! It’s all creative-commons licensed, and anyone is welcome to host an InfoCamp! InfoCamp was invented in Seattle in 2007, but we want to share the idea with the world and let anyone who wants to run with it do so. Please email us at and ask about the InfoCamp Starter Kit if you're interested in learning about starting and running an InfoCamp. Go for it!

But what is InfoCamp?

  • non-profit
  • volunteer-run
  • creative-commons licensed
  • interdisciplinary
  • spontaneous
  • fun
  • welcoming
  • accepting
  • informal
  • egalitarian
  • caffeinated
  • friendly
  • playful
  • supportive
  • inspiring

Yea but what do I do at InfoCamp?

  • share and learn
  • brainstorm
  • take risks
  • be spontaneous
  • connect and network
  • try something new
  • inspire others

What should I bring to InfoCamp?

You might want to bring business cards, a camera, a laptop, iPad, a personal water bottle or coffee mug, etc. And of course, if you plan to lead a session, bring whatever you need for your session. This might be a laptop, a handout for participants, notes to yourself, or just an idea!

What time does InfoCamp start and end each day?

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday; 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Sunday. Each day we’ll start in Mary Gates Hall.  You’ll receive a detailed schedule when you check in.

Where do I go the morning of InfoCamp?

Registration will be held in Mary Gates Hall on the 1st floor(aka Mary Gates Commons).  Find Mary Gates Hall on the Campus Map:

Will there be wireless internet access during the weekend?

Yes. Each participant will be given wi-fi info when you check in at registration.

I’m driving, where do I park and do I have to pay to park?

Parking will be $10.00 at the Central Plaza Garage (closest lot to Kane Hall). The price for parking on the rest of campus is $5.00 on Saturdays. Pay at the gatehouse located just inside the Central Plaza Garage through Gate 1. After 12 noon Saturday and all day Sunday parking is free on campus. A little side note – UWPD does manage the campus on those days and can issue citations to individuals who are parked incorrectly for example – a non disability vehicle parked in a disability space, or vehicles that are parked in restricted lots or areas that are not designated parking spaces. Commuter Services Operations at UW has been notified that our event is taking place and you should be directed to park with minimal confusion.  See more parking and commuter details here.

How should I tag things related to InfoCamp Seattle?

The twitter hashtag is #infocampSEA.  You can also follow us on Twitter @infocampSEA and Facebook
For Flickr and other sites that don’t use the #, the key word or tag can be infocampseattle.
More questions?  Email us at


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InfoCamp Retrospective

During these last few days before InfoCamp Seattle 2013, we've decided to share a handful of InfoCamp experiences from past attendees. There are a diverse number of ways one can participate in this unconference, and we wanted to give you all a few different perspectives.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend and making new memories for InfoCamp Seattle in 2013!
-- your InfoCamp Seattle 2013 Marketing Team
Last year, my first as a participant only, I had struggled to come up with a solid session topic before InfoCamp. I had mulled around a few ideas and areas of interest, but nothing focused materialized. As the day progressed, I kept coming back to side conversation I had at InfoCamp Berkeley about libraries, librarians and branding. There had also been a personal branding session earlier in the day, which really tickled those memory neurons When the afternoon session pitches started up on Saturday there were still a couple open slots and nobody brave enough to speak up to take them. Finally I shouted out that I would love to take one and lead an impromptu session about libraries and branding.

When the session began several people...

Introducing Our Plenary Speaker!

Beth E. Kolko is a Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington, where she is also co-director of the Tactical and Tactile Technology Lab (alliteration!) and creator of the Hackademia Project.

Her projects have included work on a low-cost ultrasound system for midwives in Uganda and a grassroots public transportation information system in Kyrgyzstan. For more information, check out Beth's website and follow her on Twitter (@bkolko).

We are excited to have Beth as our plenary speaker at this year’s InfoCamp, and look forward to hearing her speak to our community about her diverse experiences and projects.  Please help us welcome her to this year’s InfoCamp!
Photo credit: Michael Maine

Introducing Our Keynote Speaker!

We're excited to welcome this year's fantastic keynote speaker, Joan Vermette!

Joan Vermette is a User Experience Designer with Mad*Pow in Boston, MA and creator of the game Organizational Parkour. For more information, check out Joan's bio on the Mad*Pow website and follow her on Twitter (@jayeffvee).