The codebar unconference is back! Now in its SIXTH year, uncodebar is our annual one-day event that encourages the codebar community to come together, share knowledge, and strengthen the community that supports our workshops. This year will be slightly different in that it'll be happening virtually, but you'll still have the same level of fun as previous years. We'll also be splitting the day up into 2 sessions, so more people from various chapters around the world can join in. 10AM - 2PM and then again 5PM - 9PM (BST).
An unconference is a "loosely structured open space event emphasising the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants".
At an unconference:
no topics predetermined,
no keynote speakers invited,
no panels or working groups arranged
Instead, the event lives and dies by the participation of its attendees. They propose talks, workshops and panels and decide what topics will be discussed. Then they convene separate breakout sessions. In other words, an unconference has no agenda until the morning when participants create it.
This is an opportunity for anyone to propose and run a session on the day - in the supportive environment that codebar is known for.
We're counting on everyone attending to make some amazing sessions to happen. Of course, not absolutely everyone needs to prepare something but we encourage all levels to think about the topics/sessions they are interested in. We welcome sessions from seasoned and first-time speakers, there is no better setting to practice that talk you had in mind for a while.
This is a 100% participant-driven event: we're only going to suggest time slots and spaces, and in the morning, you'll pitch sessions and snag slots on the schedule.
What kinds of sessions are suitable?
As this is an unconference, you can decide what type of session you want to run: workshops, talks, discussions, etc are all welcome. Topics can include anything related to web development, software development, game development, learning, mentoring, community, and many more. This event is what you make of it -- the organisers will just be present to make sure you're engaged and entertained.
At our regular workshops the number of students outweighs the number of coaches by a fair bit. For this event, we are aiming to have at least half the coaches if not more. This is only to ensure that we have a good base of industry knowledge and experience among participants to drive knowledge sharing and insightful discussions on a variety of topics. This does not mean that you shouldn't propose a session if you are a student or only recently entered the industry. We would especially like to see sessions run or initiated by such attendees. Having a good amount of coaches is to ensure that there's a bit of balance. So please do not be discouraged during the sign up when you need to choose between signing up as a coach or signing up as a student.
If you sign up as a student, this doesn't mean you can't run a session. If you sign up as a coach, this doesn't mean that you are obliged to run one.
If you have an idea for a session but need help developing it please drop us an email [email protected], we'd love to help you develop your idea.
All attendees are encouraged to join the #uncodebar channel in our Slack to discuss potential sessions and session ideas. We will also be using the channel to ask you questions and post updates prior to the event and on the day.
If your company is interested in sponsoring this event please drop us an email [email protected]