An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose. The term "unconference" has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees and sponsored presentations. The unconference format, a Web 2.0 communications toolkit, creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.
At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process becomes clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda. No session is voted off or ‘won’t happen’ for some other reason. All sessions are welcome. Open Space opens up the agenda creation process so that all those gathered can put forward ideas for sessions. Because the agenda is made live in real time it is direct relevance to those gathered that day (or at least for the person calling the session).