An unconference is a participatory style gathering where attendees contribute as much to the content of the event, or more, as the organizers. They’re frequently used in the technology and computer industries (i.e. “geeks”) to foster innovation, creativity and collaboration.
Unconferences though are relatively scarce in the legal community, probably due to an aversion of many to unstructured environments subject to constant change and revision. But this is also exactly what makes Law Tech Camp so fascinating.
A number of Toronto-area legal bloggers have decided to spontaneously launch a Bar-Camp style unconference on June 18, 2011 at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. There will be some pre-planned speakers, myself included, but I can’t really tell you what it’s going to be like because even the organizers don’t necessarily know until the day of the event.
Registration is free, but organizers are asking for pre-registration to help with some planning. What makes an unconference successful is attendance and active involvement.
So come out on June 18, especially if you’re situated in Southern Ontario, and we’ll find out what happens. If you’re not nearby then host your own unconference and let’s share some of the ideas between camps.