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Event: FLOSS UK Unconference Oct. 8th 2011

FLOSS UK Unconference 2011FLOSS UK Unconference Saturday 8th Oct., Manchester

When: Saturday 8th October, 9:30am – 5pm.
Where: Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street

This is the second FLOSS UK Unconference, and is being held in collaboration with local FLOSS groups including:

On Facebook? Visit the event page to see who else is going.
Twitter user? FLOSS UK is also on lanyrd.

Accommodation is available for anyone who wishes to stay overnight.

What is an Unconference?
An unconference is a conference where what happens is organised by the delegates on the day. The event organisers have to arrange something, the main one being a venue, but the rest is down to the delegates. So all the hassle of talk submissions, review and scheduling is taken away.


  • at the start of the day everyone gets up in turn and says who they are, what their interests are and what they’d like to do
  • based on this people write proposals on PostIt notes and stick these on a board

  • a moderator may read out the proposals in turn to gauge interest, and if sufficient the proposal will be put on a scheduling board
  • delegates may adjust the schedule to avoid clashes, etc.

Experience shows that the unconference format results in high quality sessions focussed on what delegates want.

How much will it cost me?
There is no charge to attend but donations (on the door) will be accepted to help fund the event. Everyone should be able to afford to come, and as it is a one-day event you will not need to incur accommodation costs, though several hotels are available for anyone who wishes to stay over.

Why attend?
There are lots of reasons to attend the FLOSS UK Unconference 2011, including:

Keep abreast with new/emerging technologies

  • Network with some of the people who are responsible for developing critical applications
  • Become part of the UK Open Source community – build up informal relationships that can be invaluable in problem solving
  • Benefit from the experience of delegates with similar interests

Participating Groups include:

  • North West England Perl Mongers
  • HAC:Manchester
  • Manchester Free Software
  • Free Software Foundation Europe

See: for more information

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


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