Unconference / Birds of a Feather
If we’re doing weeklong events, there should be a dedicated unconference / ad hoc sessions / Birds of a Feather track with a selection of spaces available. This is similar to “Hacker Houses” that I’ve started doing at some FIL events – a coworking space that serves as a home base.
This is perfect for small groups or areas of interest who aren’t big enough for a track, but will have time to hack / discuss / meet.
This can have some dedicated curation and system for adding one off sessions, and they can be added and updated during the week.
There is a lot more to be said about doing true daily collaborative unconference planning, which I’m happy to talk about (e.g. everyone presents sessions live in the morning, vote on sessions to assess room size, and then do quick scheduling)
TODO: I have an unconference “session voting app” that I’m going to try and get access to.
Got access, it’s here GitHub - kyoung/unconf: for all those times we all said... "why isn't there an app for this?"
Probably overkill for this edition of IPFS Thing and numbers, but I’m going to look at setting up a test install.
Discord per event
Past about … I don’t know, 20 people, a dedicated Discord server per event might be a good idea. This can then be set up with permissions / roles at the server level and with clearer channels (not just threads).
Part of sign up / interest / other tooling can be outfitted to assign roles as appropriate, or eg. hand out “track chair” or “volunteer” or “organizer” roles. We can gather best practices about this over time. There are a bunch of bots and automation that can be added.
NOTE: we ended up with a dedicated Slack for this event. So s/Discord/Slack/
Luma https://lu.ma is pretty great for stuff where you really need attendance numbers / registration. It also has “Communities” support where you can group events. This is another very light weight way for anyway to schedule “side events” – that are more one off – and still keep everything in one place calendar wise.
Of course, we’re also tinkering with the Discourse events plugin which is another path.
I wanted to mention Luma, because it can link to a Discord server, which is pretty great.
(yes I made an IPFS Thing Community as a demo to see if I can help Yuni gather all her separate events – consider it a test, because we haven’t added other things to it, and it’s for connecting to a Discord-as-community, not Discord-as-channel-for-event)
NOTE: it can also link to Dedicated Slack instances, and we did end up setting this up.