Beijing Open Party:“The Pilot”

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这是Beijing Open Party的第一期活动,之所以起名为“The Pilot”,是源自在新开播的美剧里,第一季的第一集,都会被称做pilot,就是试播片的意思。嘻嘻,感谢冰云同学贡献出这个名字的创意!当然除了参加交流活动所得到的收获外,我们还为参与者准备了免费酒水、甜品、高速网络以及”意外惊喜”。

活动主办方:matrix与java共舞社区、BJUG。场地提供方:Toughtworks。

活动地点:北京市东直门国华投资大厦11层Toughtworks Office,查看地图

活动时间:2007年1月19日(周六)

活动介绍:Hello,Beijing Open Party!

活动宗旨:充分发挥2.0精神:自由、开发、互动。

活动形式
采用unconference形式。Party成员对于topics的热情与责任感是活动的召唤力,贯穿活动始终的是参与者与topics之间的思维互动。会议没有嘉宾贵客,不设主旨发言,休息时间、茶点时间可自由随机安排,整个活动在充满自由开放的气氛中进行。
讨论topics不仅由召集人按照时间顺序集中选定排列,也可以在某一时刻由参与者临时开启新topics。参与者对那个topics有兴趣,便可随时加 入该topics的讨论;或是在各topics讨论组中间来回穿插,听取各组的讨论;或临时想到想讨论什么话题,就立刻拿起纸笔,写下想讨论的 topics,自己再发起一个讨论组。每个参与者走动的双脚就好似创意的搅拌棒,不停搅动出new idea。每个讨论组可以推派人员记录, 把讨论过程的重点记录下来。这些记录下来的讨论记录,并不是被尘封起来,而是找个地方陈列或张贴,让其它没有参加到讨论的人可以随时去观看,也可以随时在 记录纸上加上自己的看法和意见,并最后将结果公布在网上(照片放到flickr、视频post到Youtube、文档和相关资料、报告放到 facebook的活动group的event和page上)。

活动规模:20-30参与者

参与者:opensource开发者、Java用户、Linux用户、创业者、艺术家、摄影家

活动Tags:opensource、创意灵感、敏捷开发、创业、Java、Linux、体验、Tech、party

参与方式:由于活动处于试运行状态,因此本次活动仅限被邀请的朋友。

接受邀请的朋友们请将Topic简介在下周一之前mail给我(mailto:[email protected])。

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Hello,Beijing Open Party!

December 31st, 2007 by admin
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Beijing Open Party

Beijing Open Party Logo

Open Space And Unconference is popular now:

Unconferences are gaining popularity in the high-tech community as self-organizing forums for idea sharing, networking, learning, speaking, demonstrating, and generally interacting with other geeks. The unconference format is based on the premise that in any professional gathering, the people in the audience—not just those selected to speak on stage—have interesting thoughts, insights, and expertise to share. Everyone who attends an unconference, such as those put together by organizations like BarCamp or BrainJams, is required to participate in some way: to present, to speak on a panel, to show off a project, or just to ask a lot of questions. As an event, the character of the unconference falls somewhere between that of a bazaar and that of an intellectual salon. It is, to borrow a phrase, a free “marketplace of ideas.” There are no themes or tracks to guide you, as in a typical conference; the whole event is centered on what might be called the discussion group. The ad hoc nature and the low cost of this forum (they’re usually free, compared to the hundreds of dollars needed to attend some industry gatherings) make the unconference accessible to many.

Unconference Thoughts:

Unconferences may not have a set agenda, but they still possess a defined structure that provides attendees with a set of tools for navigating the event. The guiding tenets of the unconference are directly influenced by the work of consultant and author Harrison Owen, who describes a method of organizing group interaction, called Open Space Technology.

Owen, in his piece Opening Space for Emerging Order, explains the Four Principles of Open Space:
1) Whoever comes is the right people;
2) Whatever happens is the only thing that could have;
3) Whenever it starts is the right time;
4) When it’s over, it’s over.

The accompanying Law of Two Feet states, “If at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing—use your two feet and move to some place more to your liking.”

Prior to the event, the unconference will be organized online via a wiki, where attendees could register, tell a little about themselves, and float ideas for sessions. As the date for the unconference neared, the registrations on the wiki page increased—the final count would be more than 30 people. The wiki is extremely useful, in that it provided a sense of community and interaction, in addition to useful information, before the event began.

The hub of this unconference—the place where people make decisions about the types of sessions to offer and attend—is a large cafeteria at the venue’s offices. We open with a meet-and-greet period, where participant could sign-in, mingle, and drink coffee. People uses this time to test the waters and discover the backgrounds of the other attendees. The atmosphere will be collegial and friendly: Everyone seems genuinely interested in learning about other people’s projects and proposed sessions. Present at the event are designers and developers of every stripe, not to mention bloggers, podcasters, venture capitalists, project managers, HR recruiters, and a host of entrepreneurs. There are a huge range of ages and experience levels, from kids fresh out of college to gray-haired computer gurus.

The coffee time is an excellent warm up for the next event—the Party kick-off—during which participants pass a microphone around the room, introduced themselves, and give brief synopses of their proposed talks. This rapid-fire group interaction enable attendees to find like-minded participants and make further connections. While people are introducing themselves on the microphone, other attendees are posting the titles of their presentations and general descriptions of their topics—on oversized bright yellow sticky notes—to an eight-by-twelve-foot brown paper schedule grid. Attendees chose the locations (large room or small), durations (usually a half hour), and formats (panel, discussion, demo) for their talks. To gauge interest in a particular session, other participants are encouraged to make a tick mark on the sticky note if they plann to attend. People crowd around the board, frantically writing down in laptops, PDAs, and even paper notebooks the names of talks they want to attend. As the sessions solidified and the overall schedule became clear, a helpful volunteer posts the order of events and their locations to the wiki. While the activity would last less than forty-five minutes, it enable everyone present to get a feel for the overall group, the topics in which other people are interested, and the schedule for the day.

Session topics at Our Party included: Startup 2.0: The New Landscape, Podcasting, Open Source, User Interface Workshop, and various demonstrations of beta and pre-beta software and web projects,etc. Some useful sessions might be a group discussion of recommended “cool tools” for everything from content management to database administration to mapping local area restaurants using GPS software. About half the people in the room present their favorite cool tools and explain their benefits, sometimes hooking up their laptops to the room’s projector and directing the audience to online resources. A group of facilitators help organize the session, sending participants to the front of the room when it was their turn to speak, and moving the discussion along when it got bogged down.

more details:

1.topics preparation

In the unconference,everyone can submit his topic’s subject on topics wall,and then the host can arrange them for time and room.Their topics must in develope or opensource cultural theme.We can make some new beta product or application demonstrations.

2.feel free to join topics

Topics submitter dramaticly show his session for attendees in room.Attendee can freely change his room anyway.In the topics,everyone can give his suggestion or view on topics,or startup another new topics based on previous topics,we call it as “evolution”.

3.Share resource

After activity,the topics leaders should post their material or files,and attendees could post their feeling and feedback or thought on wiki or blog(must tag with special activity-name).for example,in barcamp,someone post his ppt with “barcamp” tag in blog,so that other people can search and get it.

4.Sponsor’s gain point

What for it?Take it easy,it will take a little money,and sponsor will gain more:free advister,new beta product demonstration,technology feedback,more inspirations,more partner,more users and community members,it’s just good for opensource project.In another hand,it can getting more business trace and contact information for your business.Everyone can get your product link and info from google.

5.partners

BJUG:Beijing Java User Group is one of them,it have a lot of registed member who is java developers and evanglistes,tech-speakers.
BLUG:Beijing Linux User Group.It’s made up with all kids of Linux distro users(ubuntu/redhat/fedora/Mandriva/opensolaris)and developers.
BPUG:Beijing Python User Group.
Agile China:Agile China Group is another one,it is good at agile research and practices,and made up by project managers who decide technology direction.
Matrix.org.cn:China traditional Java community,it has been live for 5 years,and has 150,000 registed members.
InfoQ.cn :China new web technology media site.Rich media material is Its advantance:video,interview,article,report,news,etc.

Sure,We’re happy to get more partner!

6.particitants

high-tech creative workers and companies.Such as opensource developers&designers,Java users,linux and opensolaris users,entrepreneurs,articles,photographers,etc.

7.venue

in Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou,most of China’s big cities.Art place is good place,’cause It give people more inspiration.There are a lot of such place in Beijing.It’s easy to get it.It is possible that [email protected] will be host,they provider some beautiful offices and rooms.

8.occurrence time

twice or once activities/every month.We will give date on web site.Date’s initially given at saturday noon.

9.duration

Every time,we hold 20~30 participators and 3-4 hours session.

10.activity model

we communite with facebook’s group and activity offical wiki.Manager is a organizer and runner,he has sending-note responsibility,manage room and collect/arrange topics.Matrix has 150,000 registed members,so it’s no problem about inviting guys.Speaking of speaker,I think BJUG,BLUG and Agile China are enough to get it.

11.budget

It’s from sponsors.It will be taken for place rent,drinks and foods,gifts,white board,etc.But showing devices(such as computer/laptop/projector) are taken by organizers.Every sponsor can pay in easy way:Giving 2000RMB(about 260$) sponsor money/times,average 80RMB/participator.This is at a lot lower cost then traditional conferences usually 5-15x lower.In sponsor’s time.Sponsor should send speaker show new product and technology in topics.After topics,sponsor will recieve topics’s pics,video,inspiration and user’s feedback or suggestions.

conclusion&future:

The nature of work is changing: Creative occupations require longer hours, but also feature perks such as flexible schedules and increased mobility. This means that we require and demand a different set of support systems and activities from our communities. Strong-tie organizations such as churches and community clubs have traditionally defined our social interactions. Those ties, however, are loosening. Our weak-tie relationships (colleagues and acquaintances) may be a more effective avenue for interaction.

The unconference seems an obvious step in that direction. Because they do not require the infrastructure and organization of a full-blown industry gathering, unconferences can happen more frequently. Because the cost to attend is minimal (or non-existent), anyone who wishes to can come. And because everyone at the unconference participates in some fashion, interaction, networking, and the exchange of ideas is a given. It is possible then, that the unconference is not only a unique alternative to traditional professional gatherings, but also a method for the high-tech creative workers to construct a new weak-tie community.

All of above,these are my plan.It’s my pleasure to give any sugguestions!

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