InfoCamp is based on the unconference format, meaning participants provide most of the content. The schedule is created on a first-come, first-served basis and people gravitate towards the topics that interest them most. It's open to all ideas in the world of information and all are welcome to attend and to present.
So, what makes a good unconference session? Because I want you to... present at InfoCamp!
1. Be Passionate, be Interested!
As a session leader, you’re choosing the topic, the organization of the session, and how your group is going to interact with each other. This is a good thing! If you have a plan for what you’re going to do already -- great! If you’ve been inspired by something you've experienced at InfoCamp, make a plan on the spot for how you’re going to approach this topic to excite others. You’ve chosen to highlight an issue in session because it speaks to you; go ahead and share WHY.
2. Encourage Conversation
InfoCamp is about interacting with people who share your interests. Introduce your idea, encourage feedback, pose questions for attendees based on problems or quirks you’ve encountered. If you have enough material to share that you’re going to present lecture style, make sure to encourage participation and leave time at the end for questions and feedback.
3. Set the Tone
We’re here to share and develop ideas with each other: be friendly! Your session should be a space for collaboration and relaxed, innovative conversation. You probably won't know everyone who comes to your session, so smile, introduce yourself, and share names, interests, and professions if there’s time to do so. Your excitement should excite others -- don't be scared; be passionate!