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What is a LITA Camp

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Saved by Alison Miller
on January 20, 2010 at 10:07:55 pm

A camp resembles an unconference, which is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose. The term "unconference" has been applied to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees and sponsored presentations.  It is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event (Barcamp).


There is no pre-determined session topics or presenters, other than the daily keynote sessions. The participants create and lead most of the sessions! They determine the topic and format for the session, sign up for a time slot, and pitch the session idea to the group. The exact schedule is created as you go. The purpose of this format is to encourage collaboration, interaction, discussion, and real-time innovation (Litacamp).


The procedural framework consists of sessions proposed and scheduled each day by attendees, mostly on-site, typically using white boards or paper taped to the wall. Camps  rely on the passion and the responsibility of the participants, putting them into the driver's seat.  While loosely structured, there are rules. All attendees are encouraged to present or facilitate a session. Everyone is also asked to share information and experiences of the event, both live and after the fact, via public web channels.  This open encouragement to share everything about the event is in deliberate contrast to the "off the record by default" and "no recordings" rules at many traditional conferences (Barcamp).


The basics:

  • facilitated
  • participant-driven
  • centered around a theme or purpose
  • discussions, demos and interaction

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