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
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.
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 2012 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. The InfoCamp Starter Kit is designed to help anyone who is interested learn about starting and running an InfoCamp. Go for it!
But what is InfoCamp?
- creative-commons licensed
Yea but what do I do at InfoCamp?
- share and learn
- 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?
9am – 5pm Saturday; 9am - 4:30pm 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: http://www.washington.edu/maps/?l=MGH
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 @infocampSEA.
For Flickr and other sites that don’t use the #, the key word or tag can be infocampseattle.
More questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org