Propose a session

How to propose a session

Remember, if you propose a session, you will be expected to facilitate it. That said, your session shouldn't take a lot of preparation, as you will not be expected to deliver a formal presentation. Think more in terms of exploring topics and problems, short workshops, collaborating on projects, playing games. Feel free to work with others on proposing and facilitating discussions. 

Once you have registered, you can propose sessions by joining the Unconference 2015 Google Community. To propose a session, simply "share what's new" and select the appropriate category for the type of session (talk, teach, make, play). You can also sign up for dork shorts, or lightning talks. Feel free to comment on and +1 others' proposals. 

Below you'll find information on types of sessions, including examples from THATCamps around the world and the 2014 and 2015 Unconferences at UMD. 

When to propose a session

You can propose a session in advance, any time before the Unconference takes place. Two weeks before we meet in June, we'll send reminders. You can even propose a session the morning of the conference. Our first order of business will be to create an agenda.
The examples below are from THATCamps from all over the world. The UMD Unconference blogs from 2014 and 2015 also include proposals from their participants. 


Types of sessions

Talk: lead a group discussion about a topic or question of interest

Teach: technology skills, teaching strategies, demos

Make: project-based; hackathons, write-a-thons


Note that you can still volunteer to teach something at the last minute, or even put in a plea for someone else to teach something you’ve always wanted to learn (though if no teacher volunteers, it’s best to nix the session). 
  • Anne Flannery, Omeka and Scripto Workshop, THATCamp MLA 2013 (plea to learn about Scripto rather than offer to teach it; see also comments)

Play: miscellaneous experiments, games

Dork Shorts

Dork shorts, or lightning talks, are 2-3 minutes in length. Talk about your project, demonstrate a tool, call for collaborators, express your views about technology in the liberal arts.