Time to Propose a Session!

Here’s how it works. We have a schedule, but other than the workshops, we don’t have anything planned—you’re the ones who do the planning.

Over the next three weeks you can post your session ideas to the THATCamp W12 blog. Take some time to read other people’s proposals and comment on them if you wish. On the morning of the event we’ll vote for the sessions we want to participate in, and this will become our schedule for the day.

The more thought we put into this, the better it works. Here’s what makes for a good session proposal…

What makes a good session proposal?

It’s NOT a paper, a talk, or a lecture, but an idea for a conversation.

It proposes a topic related to technology and humanities that a group of people can discuss in an hour or so.

We’ll be looking to you to facilitate the sessions you propose, so if you propose a hacking session, you should have the germ of a project to work on; if you propose a workshop, you should be prepared to teach it; if you propose a discussion, you should be prepared to summarize what that is, kick off the discussion, keep it humming, and wrap it up.

Ideally, the session will produce something useful or at least some actionable “next steps”. There are more ideas and guidelines on the THATCamp website.

How do I propose a session?

1. Log in to WordPress with your username and password
2. Go to Posts – Add New
3. Select the category “Session Proposals”
4. Write, publish, and hey presto!

If you haven’t used WordPress before, you may find this helpful: codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts

Alternatively, you can email your session proposal and I’ll post it for you:

Categories: General, Session Proposals |

About Donelle

THATCamp Wellington 2013 organiser Donelle McKinley is a PhD candidate in Information Systems at Victoria University of Wellington and a member of the Wai-te-ata Press research team. Donelle's research focuses on GLAM and academic crowdsourcing.