Once your registration is approved, you will receive access to the THATCamp website by email.
1. log in. Click on Posts –> Add New.
2. Type or copy and paste your session proposal.
3. Click publish.
Your proposal will appear on the “Proposals” page of this site. All participants will be able to read and comment on proposals before THATCamp. The morning of the event, all participants will vote on proposals, possibly submit new ones, and together create a schedule.
Facilitate the session you propose
You are expected to facilitate any session you propose. For example, if you propose a workshop, be prepared to teach it or find a teacher; if you propose a discussion, be prepared to moderate it. Have a session idea, but lack expertise? Use this website to tap into the community of participants to find a expert.
Publish your session proposal on the THATCamp website as early as you like, but most participants post the week before THATCamp begins. It’s good to check the THATCamp site frequently the week before to view and write comments on session proposals. You can also propose a last-minute idea to participants at THATCamp during the morning scheduling session.
Why are sessions proposed this way?
Proposing sessions just before THATCamp and building a schedule during the first session of THATCamp ensures that sessions are informal, topics are current, and sessions are collaborative.
See the THATCamp About page for more information on the philosophy of unconferences.
THATCamp usually features four session types, although some sessions combine these:
Talk: lead a group discussion on a topic or question.
Make: lead a small group in a hands-on, collaborative session to produce something.
Teach: offer to teach a skill.
Play: anything goes — you could play a game, play with one or more technology, or just do something fun or original.
Talk session examples
- Jeffrey McClurken, Archiving Social Media Conversations of Significant Events, THATCamp Prime 2009
- Sherman Dorn, The Ill-formed Question, THATCamp Prime 2009
- Eli Pousson, How do we share our knowledge of historic places?, THATCamp Columbus 2010
Make session examples
- David Uspal, Hackfest: HTML5, THATCamp Philly 2011
- Wayne Graham, Mostly Hack Zotero hacking session, THATCamp Prime 2010
- Stéfan Sinclair, One Day, One Toolet, Great Lakes THATCamp 2010
Teach session examples
- Aditi Muralidharan, Visualization workshop, THATCamp Bay Area 2010
- Amanda French, Advanced Omeka, THATCamp Kansas 2012
- Note that some (even most) THATCamp organizers prefer to arrange workshop sessions ahead of time (see THATCamp New England’s workshop series, THATCamp Virginia’s workshops series, and THATCamp Southeast’s workshop series), but you can still volunteer to teach something at the last minute, or even put in a plea for someone else to teach something you’ve always wanted to learn (though if no teacher volunteers, it’s best to nix the session). That’s what’s great about THATCamp.
- Anne Flannery, Omeka and Scripto Workshop, THATCamp MLA 2013 (plea to learn about Scripto rather than offer to teach it; see also comments)
Play session examples