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IT UnConference 2018 - June 14 - Save the date

Save the date for the fourth annual IT UnConference scheduled for June 14, 2018.

What can you expect?  Last year, more than 100 information technology professionals from across the University gathered at 701 Carnegie Center to share in the experience of a conference without a program, without an agenda, and likely very different from any other they’ve attended.

For attendees the first order of business was to dynamically build the day’s agenda of sessions.  Attendees proposed sessions by presenting their topic idea to the other attendees.  Interest in a topic was indicated by a show of hands.  Those that generated enough interest were added to the agenda board.  The evolving agenda was available to participants on the IT Unconference website.  In an hour, the agenda grew to include What Programming Language Should My Kids Learn; What Service Should a Company put in the Cloud and Why?; Campus Network Re-design; Pros & Cons of Security Awareness Training; Team Collaboration Tools; Agile vs. Traditional Projects; VOIP Infrastructure Pros & Cons, and many more.

Participants went on to participate in the sessions.  Each group chose a facilitator, timekeeper and notetaker for their session.  For the last hour of the day, conference attendees gathered once again and learned from oral summaries given by session notetakers.  The notes from all sessions are available on the Sessions page of the PU IT UnConference website.

Lightning Talks were also part of the afternoon, with each presenter giving a five-minute talk on a topic of their choice.  Among the talks were:

  • 10 Cybersecurity Myths
  • Lynda and Me
  • Infrastructure as Code – Why the Buzz
  • Web Accessibility
  • Timeline – Next Generation Even Calendaring

All lightning talk topics can be viewed on the Lightning Talk page of the PU IT UnConference website.