Having said that, we had a kick ass panel on How to Create Successful Unconferences, BarCamps, & Meetups for Almost No $$, aka why not have an all women panel to help OReilly achieve the balance they so often (sadly) fail to achieve?
Topic was how unconferences, barcamps, and other grass roots conference structures have become powerful tools to develop community; virally market standards, tools, and ideas; and launch new companies and networks.Focus of the discussionwas be how conferences that are organized--or at least, begin, on an ad hoc basis as unconferences and barcamps--can actually generate powerful momentum in pushing forward standards, networks, and community. We went i to best practices, strategies for success, marketing tips, insider knowledge, and tales from the trenches with the amazing panelists:
- Tara Hunt, co-founder of BarCamp and lead organizer for BarCampBlock
- Elisa Camahort, co-founder of Blogher and lead for its conference series:
- Kaliya Hamlin, cofounder of She's Geeky, an unconference for women who identify as geeks