Process Geeks specializes in several different kinds of unconfernces this page describes those event and talks about past clients.
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMMUNITIES
These communities are interacting together online to solve a common problem or have a shared professional niche. Many, but not all, of the participants know each other online and continue to meet face to face over years.
User-Centric Identity Community
This community is where founder Kaliya Hamlin began her facilitation practice in 2005 and has co-produced and facilitated over 10 events in the field. The rapid pace of innovation and the culture of collaboration amongst firms in this space (MSFT, AOL, SUN, Google, Yahoo!, and a range of start-ups) is attributed in large part to the quality of these gatherings.
Kaliya is deeply knowledgeable about this technical field, having helped it grow for the past five years. She is a steward of Identity Commons. Her blog on the subject is Identity Woman.
Scala Lift Off
David Pollack the founder of Lift the framework of an emerging functional programming language, Scala, hired Kailya to help design and facilitate their first ever conference following JavaOne in 2008. It was a great success
The unconference was facilitated by Kaliya Hamlin. Kaliya very deftly created the container, or context, in which the unconference could self-organize, ensuring that sessions emerged, that there was clarity as to the shape of the space, and that everyone involved was vested in participating fully, whether by volunteering to lead sessions or by making themselves heard in the sessions. Kaliya is so good at what she does that, in classic great facilitator/manager style, she effectively disappeared most of the time, reappearing only when some collective transition was to be made. That’s a very poor description of the fluidity that she brought to the process—I’ll try to come up with a better one. – Lambda the Ultimate Blog
This event brought together the community around Gordon Cook’s Report on Internet Protocol and Economics of IP Networks Mailing list. It was an intimate gathering with 35 people from around the world discussing fiber infrastructure and economics. Hosted in Linda Loma it included a tour of their fiber-to-the-home installation.
Online Community unConference
This event is produced by Forum One Communications for online community managers, online community platform builders and companies that host online communities for their businesses. It has a reputation for high quality peer-to-peer exchange on the best practices and issues for online communities.
Kaliya is a master facilitator, and well versed in Open Space Technology. While Kaliya uses Open Space as a base, she is also not afraid to try new formats and techniques.
Kaliya has helped us grow our Unconference business in the last 3 years. She is an asset during all stages of event planning and production, form initial concepts all the way to handling facilitation during the event. I consider her a strategic partner for our organization. – Bill Johnston Forum One
BREATHING LIFE INTO A TRADITIONAL CONFERENCE
This format works great for bringing together a community that has met before using traditional conference format. It brings a new energy and dynamism into communities by tapping the wisdom of the community and supporting peer-to-peer learning.
NYSAIS – New York State Association of Independent Schools Technology Managers Conference
This conference had been happening for 10 years previously. I worked with NYSAIS to incorporate Open Space Technology into their conference design that included several keynotes and a vendor exhibit.
How can you plan a conference in technology for 150+ School Technology Directors since technology changes so rapidly? Kaliya Hamlin helped transform our yearly conference into an unconference to great success, even the skeptics in our audience where convinced that an unconference was the way forward after they experienced it. -Don Buckley, Director of Communications Technology @ The School at Columbia University
MassTLC (Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council) Innovation O8
MassTLC had hosted a fall conference for entrepreneurs to pitch to investors – wanting ot o revitalize this event they chose to explore the unconfernece format. Kaliya’s design expertise was leveraged to bring together a fantastic one day event that mixed together 4 generations of mass technology innovators.
Check your meeting expectations at the door. Having attended two brilliant and very different unConferences facilitated by Kaliya, I suggest you be prepared to have your mind blown instead. Just do it. – Andrew Borg, CEO, Hi-Beam Entertainment (attendeeast Online Community Conference NYC and MassTLC)
Live twitter quotes from Pistachio:
Pistachio: #masstlc wow, this is a pretty large event. Bill good time for innovation “in bad times, ppl are looking for new ideas”
Pistachio: Big group and all, new, interesting faces outside of our fishbowl, which rocks. #masstlc
Pistachio: @identitywoman is doing a great job. More info: www.masstlc.org #masstlc intros almost over. Room is packed with tech + venture firepower
Pistachio: @identitywoman is facilitating. she’s so brave!
ADD AN UNCONFERENCE DAY TO A TRADITIONAL CONFERENCE
Traditional conference organizers can support an unconference happening before or after their regular event. This can be a warm up to actually using interactive methods in the main part of the conference. We have worked with organizers of BlogHer on a post conference open space day for the past two years that is the favorite day of many women who attend.
Supernova Deborah Schultz and Kevin Werbach asked me to help produce and facilitate a pre-conference Open Space, June 19th, 2007 on the subject of ‘the new Network.
I had the opportunity to sit in on some brilliant sessions and discussions, especially during the Unconference part of the conference on Tuesday. -Launch Squad
CONFERENCE ON A SUBJECT
Usually conferences about a general topic area bring together pre-selected speakers and an audience of listeners who want to learn. They are not necessarily drawn together because a shared affiliation or working together in community. Unconference methodologies work well to support peer-to-peer learning, inquiry into critical questions, and working collaborations.
Ruby on Rails Camp
Kaliya helped facilitate this day long event produced by Max Dunn and Wido Menhardt in November 2006
I want to thank you, Wido, Kaliya and Steve for putting on Rails Camp. I got a lot out of it – I think all of us did – and it was a truly pleasurable event as well as being productive. – Michael Mazour
“We had no previous experience hosting an unconference and Kaliya provided invaluable guidance that made our Ruby on Rails Camp a huge success!” Max Dunn, Co-Organizer, Ruby on Rails Camp
Kaliya was the founding facilitator of Mashup Camp. She gave this unconference for the uncomputer its unique format. This Included open space technology for peer-to-peer learning and Speed geeking. Mass Events Labs is now part of CMP who continues to produce the event.
Startup Camp also produced by Mass Events Labs had a similar format to Mashup Camp
Was co-produced and facilitated with Bill Aal from Tools for Change and Chris Lindstrom from the EF Schumacher society. It brought together people working on doing things differently with money from those doing things in the traditional economy to community and alternative currency and those living by a gift economy.
This is a conference from women technologists
Occasionally we will work with companies seeking to support exchange and innovation within their company. In 2006 Kaliya ran and internal Unconference for AOL on their main campus outside Washington DC.
On June 1st, AOL held its first “Un-conference”. Kaliya Hamlin came and facilitated the day and as always did a great job. The event was sponsored by the AOL Architecture Council and the goal was to build community around technologies and strategies that are key to AOL’s success. Since this was the first un-structured conference here, there was some nervousness about how well it would work. However, there was no need for any nervousness, as there were over 100 participants and the day’s grid of sessions quickly filled to almost full. We had a lot of good discussions…. – Mike Cummins, AOL
Companies often host a conference for the users of their products. They typically program these with presentations from company employees who talk at the users and identifiers from amongst users who present case studies to other users.
Unconference methods allow for intensive interaction and peer-to-peer learning opportunities amongst users. And via Innovation Games (R) the opportunity to get detailed information from users that can inform product evolution.
The Process Geeks also work with organizations just in a design capacity – that is supporting a team to develop a conference plan and empowering those on staff to facilitate particularly when this involves long travel. She has also worked with more local teams seeking her expertice in working with technical communities.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Peer Learning Meeting
This event was held in March of 2008 in Latvia. Kaliya worked with the PLM planning team for a day in February to introduce the format to the Global Library Staff and plan their 5 day conference which included 2.5 days of Open Space.
Journalism that Matters – News Tools 2008
Vetran facilitators Peggy Holman, author of the Change Handbook and Stephen Silha tapped Kaliya to join their design team because her particular expertice in facilitating events for techies in Silicon Valley. Bringing techies and journalists together was at the heart of this event – to support cultural understanding between these two communities Kaliya brought Value Network Mapping into the design – In a two day pre-workshop the old newsroom and emerging newsroom were mapped out. These were introduced the first day.