iKAMP, a BarCamp for Innovation & Knowledge Management | 9th July 2011 | Bangalore Whitefield

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iKamp BarCamp MindTree unconferenceThe innovation & KM unconference is being planned for the 9th July 2011 in Bangalore on the 9th July 2011 @ MindTree Ltd Campus in Whitefield.

This will be a gathering of  practicing KM & Innovation professionals for discussing topics that are important to KM & Innovation professionals and get insights from fellow colleagues in an informal environment.
In true unconference style, there will be no KeyNote speakers or Chief Guests. All topics to be decided by the participants themselves. So everybody is requested to actively take part by contributing to the event wiki with your ideas!

The list of suggested topics to be discussed is quite interesting & relevant for the innovation & KM professionals.

  • Why KM alone will not work. KM need’s to collaborate better with other departments KM Systems.
  • Why “build it and they will come” doesn’t work
  • Compliance or Adoption: Key to success of KM
  • Everyone, including their Mother-in-law & their dog has an opinion on KM/Innovation. Challenges for KM/Innovation professionals
  • Social/Web2.0 Systems & approaches to KM & Innovation. Have they delivered?
  • Boot-strapping KM & Innovation within organizations without formal mandates
  • Future of KM/Innovation professionals. Is there any; beyond content management?
  • Reality Check: The organization cares two hoot about KM and is just a ‘nice to have’ function
  • Communities: In the age of internet & google, what’s the advantage of communities within organizations
  • KM for Project Delivery & Large Accounts
  • Innovation 101. What are we talking here? Innovation in IT Services business? You must be joking

More details here on this barcamp wiki page


Google Map for the MindTree Office


Are unconferences, barcamps the new ‘Speakers Corner’?

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While we may believe that unconferences, barcamps are things that have evolved in the recent past and the openspace concept is where they draw inspiration from, I believe that even openspace draws inspiration from something that has existed for decades if not centuries.

It is called the : THE SPEAKER’S CORNER — a place where public speaking is allowed and anybody can turn up announced to speak on any topic, as long as it is within the law.

In my opinion, the speakers corner represents all the essential elements that the unconferences, barcamps are about. The fundamental aspects of a speakers corner are the same as that unconferences, barcamps emphasize.

Let’s look at some of the fundamental aspects of a ‘Speakers Corner’

  • Any one can turn up at the speakers corner and volunteer to speak on any subject
  • The audience are ‘active’ participants and can argue, debate with the speaker and even heckle the speaker
  • There are ‘n’ number of speakers speaking at the same time
  • The audience can walk to the next one if the one they are listening don’t hold their attention
  • There are no rules. You can speak on anything as long as ‘you are within the law’
  • The whole atmosphere is electric, informal, chaotic and yet engaging and full of energy. There is never a dull moment

Speakers corner have been frequented by the leading though leaders of the world, including Valdamir Lenin, Karl Marx, George Owell etc. It’s no coincidence that many of the bright minds of todays generation are so in tune with the unconference, barcamp movement and instead of the Marx & Lenin’s we see the CEO’s, CTO’s, future thought leaders frequenting the barcamps.

So, Hyde Park Corner London can lay claim to as the venue for the oldest unconference, barcamp. In fact may countries besides UK have had the equivalent of Speakers Corner for ages.

MindTree Osmosis — A Corporate unconference [http://barcamp.org/osmosis]

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Osmosis is MindTree’s annual technology festival — the celebration of the nerd. It is MindTree’s way of celebrating technology through showcasing achievements, through collaboration in form of discussions and various events &contests.
This year Osmosis is being reinvented to make it it even more participative & self organized. For example:

Osmosis final day will be an ‘unconference’ where MindTree Mindswill decide the topics to be discussed. In the true spirit of an unconference, MindTree Minds will decide, organize and lead thediscussions on the final day of Osmosis.

Keeping in line with the inclusive, participative & self organized spirit of Osmosis 2007, MindTree has decided to open up participation in the Osmosis unconference to the vibrant unconference community in India. This will enable sharing, learning & cross pollination of ideas and also spread the culture of ‘unconferences’ , ‘barcamps’ to
mainstream corporate India. This is also an opportunity to share, discuss & learn on how concepts like unconferences can be brought to the corporate mainstream and the challenges involved.

I believe that that corporates adopting social concepts like unconferences for their ‘formal’ events will help in creating an open, innovative culture & ecosystem in India. While the current generation of professionals is glued & tuned into concepts like unconferences/BarCamps, the ‘decision makers’ in corporate India is not necessarily in touch with these concepts, and such initiatives help in bridging that ‘awareness gap’.

You can register at the http://barcamp. org/osmosis wiki to participate & even propose sessions & talk at the unconference.

Corporate mindset is so tuned & comfortable with a formal conference — and rightly so; because it is so predictable, it’s like been there done that 1000 times; it involves no risk etc. It takes a lot of effort, courage and risk for an organization to adopt the ‘unconference’ format for a formal event and even more to make it open for everyone. Nevertheless; nothing significant is achieved without risks & pain 🙂

Hat’s off to MindTree for taking this positive step. I wish, more & more corporate events become inclusive, open and participative in nature..

KM India Conference

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Had attended the KM India conference in Delhi from 14th to 16th Nov. Though I must say that it was one of the better conferences I attended, but still I would put it as a waste of time. You know, the speakers, the panelist — even though intelligent people in their own right, don’t have anything worthwhile to say.. Sometimes I feel that this whole conference business is a sham, I feel it’s like the scenario of nobody saying that the ‘King is naked’.

I mean, these speakers, panelists, keynote speakers have ‘nice things’ to say but is that equivalent of ‘relevant things’ to say? At times, the question asked is something and the answer is something else. 🙂 Imagine speaker after speaker saying that India is into a knowledge era and that the managing of this environment is very important and there are issues with our education system and so on and on.. whoopie do.. EVERYONE knows that.. it’s not anything new…

Anyway, as usual the best discussions happened over lunch, tea & coffee.. and that’s what I like about ‘unconferences’ that they are a ‘one long coffee break’..