Thursday, October 14, 2010

Unconference Highlights/Takeaways

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Unconferences are a great way to get people to mingle. The lack of a preset agenda creates a natural icebreaker, with people asking each other which sessions they plan to attend. That anyone could be headed to anyone else’s session, or even their own, implies that everyone has an idea worth sharing. So there’s a kind of democratic ideal that’s embedded in the unconference format. Plus, the sheer unpredictability of the day is exciting. 

More Gushing Over the MassTLC unConference
It’s two days later and my reaction is still “Wow” (well, actually “Kakow!”) This was the single best professional event I’ve ever attended and that was the prevailing opinion of the other attendees with whom I chatted.

Innovation f Rules « Practically Bleeding Edge
Ever attended an unconference?  I experienced my first last week, the MassTLC (@MassTLC) Innovation Unconference (, and have been debriefing with the best innovators I know.  My big take away from the conference was that innovation arises at the intersection of wild passionate entrepreneurship and well structured, measured business management.

10 Takeaways from MassTLC’s UnConference
Overwhelming. Inspiring. Thought-provoking. These are all words that apply to the spectacle that was yesterday’s Mass Technology Leadership Council’s Innovation 2010 “unConference,” held at the World Trade Center Boston and organized by entrepreneur and investor Bill Warner, Matrix Partners’ Antonio Rodriguez, and MassTLC’s Tom Hopcroft. And one more word, ridiculous—that’s what it feels like to try to sum it all up in one post.

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