KAMP — The first KM Unconeference

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I, along with couple of friends, just finished organizing the KAMP @ MindTree.

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There were nearly 20 intense sessions with lots of discussions, debate, passionate view points. There was even a ‘knowledge cafe’ conducted in the evening. There were even ‘paper shining stars’ that participants could give to anyone — whose sessions they they liked, whose questions they liked.. or just liked interacting with them during the day..

There were sessions that addressed the basic, fundamental, theoretical aspects of KM and also sessions which were oriented towards practical issues w.r.t KM and it’s role in an organization.

Interesting, the whole concept of barcamps/unconferences are fundamentally about knowledge sharing & learning, and one would expect that KM professionals would be tuned to this concept. However; almost none of the participants knew about barcamp and this was the first time they were attending one.

It was a wonderful experience with most of the participants really happy with the ‘unconference’ format of the KAMP. Looks like the participants really enjoyed the whole ‘unconference’ experience

The best part — there was a KM-India conference in Delhi a week ago. Most of the people who attended both KM India & KAMP, liked the KAMP lot better. They found the energy in the KAMP, the user generated agenda, content much better than the formal KM-India coference.

I think the proof of KAMP success is the fact that by the evening, participants were asking when & where the next KAMP would be. Infact, lots of participnts wanted KAMp to be monthly ‘unevent’ from now on.

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3 thoughts on “KAMP — The first KM Unconeference

    Nasreen Hosseny said:
    November 26, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Hello
    I am a Student of Communication studies at the university of Mauritius..i would like to have some information about the KAMP conference.Wat is it and its purpose?Wi u called it ‘unconefrence’

    Shahnawaz Khan responded:
    November 27, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Nasreen,

    Visit http://barcamp.org for details on an unconference.

    KAMP was an unconference around KM, where the agenda, sessions and content was driven by participants rather than organizers.

    Cheers,
    Shahnawaz

    Nasreen Hosseny said:
    December 1, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    hello shahnawaz
    Thanks for the information. i have been able to get a better idea about it.I think its very encouraging to see that the whole concept is about learning,sharing of knowledge.
    Its gud that things like that are being organised in ur country,one of the greatest multicultural countries, thus enhancing cross cultural ideas between different communities can help a lot.
    I would have like to participate too..may be next time.
    bye

    Nasreen

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