What is unconference?

An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered on 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. For example, in 2006, CNNMoney applied the term to diverse events including BarCamp, Bloggercon, and Mashup Camp.[1]

 The term was primarily used in the technology industry, but has also extended into other sectors; in 2008, an unconference for people in the built environment and construction sector was organized by Be2camp in London,[2] and in 2009 it also started to appear in the travel industry.[3]

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