I’m organising a Conference!
My major learning from my open space session about the organisation of the ALE2011 conference at the XP2011 is:
To organise an amazing conference, you just need two things:
- An amazing crowd, and
- One hour.
Planning a Conference
Yesterday, on May 12, 2011, in the Open Space at the XP2011 in Madrid, about a dozen people met and created the main design for a new kind of conference. This is our current plan (pictures of the original session results are here):
The ALE2011 will take place in Berlin, Germany, from Sept 7-9, 2011.
What makes it special?
There are some aspects we build into the plan that make this as special type of conference. This conference is organised by and meant to strengthen the new ALE network. Therefore, it will
- have speakers and participants evenly distributed across European Countries.
- host spouses and children as well as practicioners and idea farmers from the European Lean/Agile community.
- ask every participant to prepare a lightning talk, and to show their commitment to the conference by submitting a positioning paper.
- be seeded by 30 min talks in the mornings, continued by open space focusing on the collaboration across Europe.
- constrain the number of participants to 200 people.
How can you contribute?
This conference has Sofas instead of Chairs. Some still need some more people to sit upon them. We have:
- A Planning Sofa (Sergey, Cat, John, Cesario, and me)
- A Local Sofa (Me, taking care of the things in Berlin—I need support for that)
- The most amazing Open Space facilitator: Mike Sutton from Wizewerx
- An Exciter Sofa: Erik Lundh, Jens Hoffmann
- A Program Sofa: Marcin Floryan
- A Participants Sofa: Marc Clemens
- An Industry Partner Sofa: Andrea Heck, Ken Power
- A Goal Sofa (Jurgen Appelo)
- A Volunteer Sofa (Greg Dziemidovicz)
- A Website Sofa (Alex)
- A Speakers Sofa
- Sponsors (you may contact me but it’ll take a few days of sorting out before I can tell you details)
- an organising professional (I do have someone in mind, so please don’t storm me now)
- and some unimportant things like a venue…
We’ll get that sorted, I’ll keep you posted. What A Week!.