well, it’s a week later, and we’ve had our first teachmeet! crickey – it felt such a huge flurry leading up to the day, and now a week has passed and I’ve only just got round to blogging about it.
I really enjoyed the whole process of working with Niamh, Katie, Chris and Celine – 3 of whom I didn’t know before they commented on my initial teachmeet post.
I was really please how the event ran – Celine did a marvelous introduction, and we had some very intersting presentations – full details at http://tinyurl.com/camlibthm, but we have presentations and evaluation via slideshare, photos on flickr, videos on youtube, and answers to questions raisedd on the night on the wiki – plus lovely comments on twitter (#camlibtm). And frankly, the glass of wine when we finally sat down for teacheat never tasted so good!
here are some reflections about the whole event (and these are entirely my own reflections, not necessarily those of the rest of the organising group)
- that we had fewer speakers than had signed up (illness of speakers unfortunately meant 2 had to drop out) – gave more time for change-over between speakers, even if we still didn’t allow questions as part of the evening. To allow for decent amount of networking time as well as hearing the speakers, might need to think carefully about the balance for next time (assuming there is a next time!)
- post-it notes – great to get the questions gathered up since we didn’t allow questions during the event. Also means we can allow full enjoyment for non-attendees, and allow speakers to gather their thoughts before answering!
- names out of a hat – order of speakers was only announced one speaker in advance. great to make it fresh, and casual
- range of different speakers – perhaps some first-timers
- videos – perhaps have the flip positioned somewhere else next time (brightness of the screen meant speakers often in the dark) – very useful as a learning tool for me as a speaker to be able to see myself presenting for the first time!
- teacheat – good to unwind afterwards, great that people I didn’t know were there
Room for improvement?
- layout of the room – the venue was lovely and generously available for free, but depsite our best efforts the chairs were still effectively in rows. Perhaps have it in a pub function room next time, for truly relaxed unconference feel?
- lack of time for chat during and afterwards – maybe have longer session, but with longer break?
- timer – we had timers for the speakers loaded on powerpoint and visible to everyone, including the speakers. But my “one minute face” to alert speakers to the passing of time seemed to throw one or 2 of the speakers, so while over-running is undesirable, I think finding a different method of keeping speakers to time would be good.