You can’t really work in IT without being able to handle some uncertainty. So it shouldn’t be surprising that more than 370 IT professionals from across campus would come together for a conference with no agenda.
On Nov. 12, the IT community held its fifth annual Stanford IT Unconference, a facilitated event without a preset agenda. The session topics are dynamic and proposed by attendees as the Unconference begins, enabling discussion topics that are relevant now and in the future.
This year, participants proposed more than 40 topics, ranging from an introduction to “Service Experience Design” to “DevOps,” and “Gender and IT” to “Blue Sky Infrastructure.”
In response to feedback from previous IT Unconferences, organizers created some overarching tracks so similar topics are not scheduled at conflicting times. This year’s tracks included: Design/UX, Development, Infrastructure, Security, Instructional Technology, Management and Collaboration, and User Support.
“Really liked the organization of tracks this year. Although there was much to choose from, this made it easier,” said one Unconference participant in post-event feedback.
This year included eight talks that were split between the opening and closing sessions:
“Great lightning talks. I like the variety. ‘Lightning Talks’ were introduced last year and built on their previous success,” said another Unconference participant.
With such an array of tracks, topics, and talks, it’s easy to see that this year’s Unconference had something for everyone.
“Great Unconference,” said a regular Unconference goer. “This is my 3rd year and I look forward to the next event.”
For more information about the 2015 Stanford IT Unconference, including notes from the various sessions, visit the IT Unconference website.
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