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IT's over! Thanks to the many attendees, sponsors, volunteers, and organizers for making the third annual Stanford IT Unconference a success!

The unconference is a day-long meet-up geared toward building community among Stanford’s IT professionals. The event is held annually and is sponsored by schools, departments, and administrative units across the University.

At this year's event, following an 8-9 a.m. breakfast meet-and-greet, the program will kick off with an hour of talks about IT community building and collaboration led by guest speaker Erik Vinkhuyzen, Ph.D., an ethnographer at PARC (formerly Xerox PARC) studying how physical, social, and cultural factors affect workers and work.

At 10 a.m., the agenda creation process will begin. Attendees with ideas for a session will take turns proposing their topics. While this is going on, event organizers work on-the-fly to assign sessions to available rooms and time-slots. That's the unconference way to build the agenda for the rest of the day.

At 11 a.m., the sessions begin — each to be 50 minutes long. There will be a break for lunch and, finally, a wrap-up session from 4 – 5 p.m.

The event is free (although space is limited) and breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

The IT Unconference is a rare opportunity to spend time working with others, networking, and helping build the IT community at Stanford. You’re welcome to attend for whatever part(s) of the program fit your schedule, but you will get the most out of the event if you attend for the whole day.

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What is an unconference?

An unconference is a facilitated event where the attendees create the agenda and lead discussions around a theme.

The session topics are dynamic and decided at the event when participants propose topics they want to discuss and sign up for topics proposed by others. Participants follow the unconference Law of Two Feet: if you find yourself not learning or contributing at any time, it is your responsibility to use your two feet to find somewhere you are learning or contributing.