This year MidCamp will be including summits in addition to the regular programming that we have provided in the future. Here are some things we think you should know in order to prepare yourself:
A summit is a one-day topic-intensive meeting where people who share an industry or interest can come together to collaborate, share pain points and solutions, and meet like-minded individuals in a structured, safe environment.
Summits focus a full day unconference around a singular topic, in which different groups of interested parties collaborate, gather information and learn together. This programming is for focused discussion, planning, hacking and learning about the topic.
We believe in facilitating like an unconference. On the day of, each summit group led by a facilitator will compile an agenda and create breakout groups on various subtopics of the overall summit topic.
Unlike training, attendees are generally still planning and information gathering. There won’t be any required deliverable, like code or documentation. Instead, summits focus on conversation and dialog. During a training, the focus is learning a thing, but summits encourage open idea sharing on a broad range of topics related to the overall theme.
Takeaways from the Midcamp Team
Below are some stories from our team as they reflect back on their first summit.
“I felt like I was in a room full of rock stars. Angie Byron, Sam Boyer, Chris Vanderwater... I forget who else, but there were a fair number of big names. We were there to discuss the panels/blocks initiative. There was considerable brainstorming on various problems that were currently being solved in the initiative.”
- Andrea Soper
“I just attended my first summit at BADCamp this year. It was the front end summit and attendees were polled ahead of time to get an overall sense of what front end topics people were interested in discussing. At the summit, we used that list and then added to it via post-its to organize the topics into larger categories. Then throughout the day, we broke into smaller groups to discuss almost every topic that came up. The facilitators were good about keeping the discussion moving along and ensuring we covered everything. The day was also broken up with some fun group icebreakers and a talk from one of the creators of GatsbyJS.”
- Kevin Thull