What is an unconference ?

#play14 is organized as an unconference. An unconference is a conference format where attendees are also session contributors.

Anyone who wants to initiate a topic can claim a time slot in the agenda.

There are some simple rules for participants.

Principles

  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • Wherever it is, is the right place
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have, be prepared to be surprised!
  • When it's over, it's over

The Law of Two Feet

Any time a person feels a session is not contributing to their learning needs they have the responsibility to themselves to get up and move, that is use their two feet or four wheels to move to a more interesting place.

Bumblebees and Butterflies

Bumblebees fly from group to group cross-pollinating the discussions.

Butterflies sit around looking relaxed and interesting discussions may emerge around them as people find them and pause to chat.

Drawings

Check out the funny drawings of Claudio Perrone

What is the typical schedule ?

#play14 usually take course over a weekend, but the schedule would pretty similar if it is not the case.

Every event also has its own specifics and the schedule may vary a bit. The general timing should stay pretty much the same though.

Friday

Friday is the day where we learn to know one another and enjoy meeting old friends again.

  • 6 PM
    Ice breakers
  • 7 PM
    Rules of the marketplace
  • 8 PM
    Dinner / Mingle
  • 9 PM
    Game(s) all together
  • 10 PM
    Beer at the pub

Saturday

Saturday is the day where it really starts. Lots of games and fun. People are free to satisfy their cravings for games, or take a break if they need.'

  • 8:30 AM
    Breakfast
  • 9 AM
    Warm-ups
  • 9:30 AM
    Marketplace
  • 10 AM
    Game sessions
  • 12:30 PM
    Lunch
  • 1:30 PM
    Game sessions
  • 6 PM
    Retrospective
  • 7 PM
    Pizza & Beers

Sunday

Sunday is often a bit more relaxed. It usually ends earlier, so people can go back home. But hard-core gamers can still get their lot.

  • 8:30 AM
    Breakfast
  • 9 AM
    Warm-ups
  • 9:30 AM
    Marketplace
  • 10 AM
    Game sessions
  • 12:30 PM
    Lunch
  • 1:30 PM
    Game sessions
  • 4 PM
    Retrospective
  • 5 PM
    Goodbye & see you next time