"I want to be part of a rich scenius of serious, capable people doing full-time original research on enabling environments. I want to attend colloquia in which I’m regularly stunned by the ideas presented. I want peers who will candidly observe the limitations of my ideas, then work with me to improve them." - Andy Matuschak
- a group discussion on challenges you're facing in designing tools for thought
- a quick demo of an open source tool for thought you've been working on in your organization
- a short talk introducing a technology, followed by a discussion on possible use cases in the field
- a brainstorming session on how tools for thought could help in a specific type of knowledge work
- a quick chat on organizing events on the topic, hopefully with much better names
- 15:00 UTC / 8:00 PDT: Opening Talk (Auditorium)
- 15:30 UTC / 8:30 PDT: Lightning Talks (Auditorium)
- 16:30 UTC / 9:30 PDT: Scheduling (Auditorium)
- 17:00 UTC / 10:00 PDT: Hosted Sessions (Breakout Rooms)
- 18:00 UTC / 11:00 PDT: Hosted Sessions (Breakout Rooms)
- 18:30 UTC / 11:30 PDT: Hosted Sessions (Breakout Rooms)
- 19:00 UTC / 12:00 PDT: Hosted Sessions (Breakout Rooms)
- 19:30 UTC / 12:30 PDT: Hosted Sessions (Breakout Rooms)
- 20:00 UTC / 13:00 PDT: Closing Talk (Auditorium)
The Gather Town Scape
A: Make sure to fill in a description and potentially a personal website when registering for the event using an Open Collective account. This helps prospective participants get a sense of who's attending and helps you connect with other participants before, during, and after the unconference.
A: The series of lightning talks at the beginning of the unconference is the main activity which is scheduled in advance. Experts from diverse angles will share their views on tools for thought in a fast-paced series of short talks. In contrast, hosted sessions are breakout groups organized by participants during the event. A scheduling activity will take place right after the lightning talks where participants who want to host sessions can reserve time slots and possibly decide on merging similar sessions.
Q: Can I host a session?
A: Any participant can host a session. If you're excited about a certain aspect of tools for thought, then you should definitely host one!
Q: What sort of session can I host?
A: This is mostly up to you. The main criterion is that the session should somehow be related to tools for thought. See the end of the Overview section above for some ideas. Note: sessions which include demos of commercial products should explicitly mention this in their session description (see below).
Q: What should I do to host a session?
A: Come up with a session format (e.g. group discussion, interactive demo, talk followed by discussion, etc.), a session title, and a one-paragraph session description. You'll be able to submit your session title and description through a form which will be sent out two days before the event, together with instructions on accessing the scape. Proposing hosted sessions will be possible until the scheduling activity during the event.
Q: How many people should I expect to attend the session I'll host?
A: The available time slots will result in multiple sessions being hosted in parallel. This gives an estimate of 10-20 participants. A good session title and description should help attract people interested in your topic!
Q: Will lightning talks and hosted sessions be recorded?
A: The lightning talks will be recorded by our team. In contrast, whether a session is recorded is up to its host(s) to decide. This will be specified during the scheduling activity together with the prospective hosts.
Q: What even is Gather Town and how can I use it?
A: Gather Town is a virtual space designed to mimic face-to-face interactions during physical events. For instance, moving your avatar next to another participant will spawn a chat bubble between the two of you. Specific instructions for accessing the event will be sent out a couple days before its start. In the meantime, you can try out an official Gather Town demo to familiarize yourself with the mechanics.
Let’s get the ball rolling!
News from Augment Minds 2021
Updates on our activities and progress.
Follow-up: Feedback, Recordings, Resources
Two Days Left: Gather Town Instructions, Propose Session via Form
Transparent and open finances.
Credit from Chee to Augment Minds 2021 •