Remember that at InfoCamp, we vote with our feet! If there are only a few people in your session, don't fret -- make the most of your time with the people who share your interests! If you want to reach a wider audience with an idea, take note of what others are interested in and think about how your topic relates. You can always lead another session...
As a participant, if you're in a session that doesn't speak to your passion, you're allowed to try another. Passion rules the game!
Often there are numerous great sounding sessions happening at the same time. Try one, and if it doesn't engage you, try another! Don't worry about "being rude" -- we want both presenters and participants to get the most out of their InfoCamp experience. If this means trying out another session you were interested in, get up and go!
How do I sign up to lead a session?
It's so easy! InfoCamp Seattle session sign-ups will happen in person, on paper, during the weekend of InfoCamp. Look for the big paper schedule; choose your time slot and room, then write your session idea and name on the schedule! The session slots are first-come, first-served.
The important thing to remember is the sessions don’t have to be rehearsed and you don’t have to have a PowerPoint to have a session -- although you’ll see that some people do come with those in hand.
You can be creative with your session content and format. In fact, we highly encourage it!
For instance, you could…
- brainstorm an idea
- solicit feedback on a design
- organize a panel
- present research findings
- have a short workshop
- set up a debate on a controversial topic
- discuss solutions to a problem
- gather people to discuss a common interest
How will people know what my session will be about?
What we’re going to do is have a “soapbox” next to the paper schedule and allow people to pitch their sessions at various times throughout the day. Try to make the language of your topic clear as well, so that when people are reading the schedule, they’ll have a strong sense of what the topic is if they missed your pitch.