Saturday: Unconference

Unconference

Saturday’s Unconference is Central to Congregation.  Based around presentations in intimate huddles in social venues through out Cong village, everybody presents over the course of four sessions.

Kicking off in Ryan’s Hotel at 9.30am attendees are assigned a number and randomly allocated to four different huddles.

Guided by a chair in each venue, two people present at each huddle, which is a small grouping of 10 people clustered around tables in either coffee shops, bars, restaurants and exhibition spaces all within walking distance of each other.  

Each participant will be given 10-15 minutes to share their insight with 5 mins Q&A/group comment.  Everyone who attends will be allocated a speaking slot on the basis that everyone has earned their place and all are peers.  

Presentations can be via laptop, flip charts, project/screen, props or straight forward conversation.  Following  presentation or sharing attendees will be invited to ask questions or share their own experience.  Because of the social venues conversations tend to be very natural. open minded, supportive and free flowing.

Each session lasts one hour with generious networking time in between.  Groups rotate each hour to a new venue and a new group of people.  Each huddle kick offs with attendees introducing themselves via name/organisation/what you do and a life hack, which is a small gem of advice you would like to share from social media tools, a time saving idea or creative idea you have.

The one golden rule is no self promotion.

People respect you more for your insights, ideas, thoughts and discussion contributions and there is plenty of networking time to talk about business roles.

The formal part of the day finishes with a group photo at Cong Cross and an evening of forging deep connections kicking off with a meal in Pat Cohan’s pub until late.

Sharing via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine etc will be encouraged.


Next: Sunday Tours.

© Eoin Kennedy 2017 eoin at congregation dot ie