The vBrownBag team love to be involved in unusual and innovative things. One new thing we really like isÂ John Troyerâ€™s upcoming conferenceÂ The Reckoning. This promises to be the antidote to massive anonymous conferences like VMworld. The Reckoning will be a fairly smallÂ gathering, a couple of hundred technologists who like to communicate about technology.
Naturally when John asked us whether weâ€™d like to take part we were honoured and said yes before heâ€™d told us what he would like us to do. It turns out John would like to have an unconference part of the event and for us to help make this happen. I immediatelyÂ asked Google what an unconference is. It turns out; unconference is what you make it on the day. Attendees choose what they want to talk about and the leaders really mediate an open conversation. This will be totally unlike the vBrownBag podcast and TechTalks but uses the same principle: The knowledge is in the audience. We will spend a few hours on SundayÂ afternoon (September 13th) talking about whatever interests the people who turn up. Watch out for more details as we make them up.
The main event is on Monday, September 14th. There will be a variety of interesting speakers Â from a range of backgrounds. The schedule has not yet been published, butÂ theÂ event focusses on what the ITÂ Infrastructure industry will look like inÂ the mid-term future. WhatÂ job will you have in ten years? This is a common area of discussion with my friends inÂ the industry so Iâ€™m very interested in hearing other opinions and talking with other attendees overÂ the two days.
Naturally making the Reckoning happen isn’t cheap, to keep the registration cost low the whole event is being supported by sponsors. We are still looking for one sponsor to lend their supportÂ toÂ the unconference,Â contact John or me if you would like to discuss this option.
Iâ€™m really excited to be involved in this new adventure with John and I think weâ€™re going to have some very interesting conversations at the unconference and duringÂ theÂ main conference.