Pitch your session: ONA unconference gets ready

Even a program as packed as ONA’s can leave the occasional sigh. “I wish they did a session on this” or “too bad that didn’t make the selection.” Fear not: We’ve got you covered.

The ONA unconference is here to fill the gaps, whether a panel that wasn’t submitted in time or ideas you didn’t have until you arrived in Boston. It’s a set of additional sessions created and hosted by you, the attendees.

Whether you want to hold a panel discussion or give a talk, dig deeper into something already on the schedule or add a topic all your own – consider this your playground. Starting today, you can submit your session pitches using our online form. Sessions will run on Saturday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. as well as 2:15 p.m.

We’ll post all pitches on the ONA unconference blog and help you get the word out.

But it wouldn’t be an unconference if we just picked the sessions we like best (even though tweeted compliments with the #ONAuncon hashtag are certainly encouraged). Instead, what goes onto the program is entirely up to the participants.

Voting will open on 7 p.m. Thursday. We’ll let you know how to cast your vote via the unconference blog and spread the word with the #ONAuncon hashtag. Then you have drum up votes for your session, which shouldn’t be a problem since your session will be awesome.

The virtual voting booth will be open through 2 p.m. Friday, and we’ll announce the three winners that evening.

It goes without saying that if your pitch wins, you’re on the hook, so you better be ready to break out the whiteboard or step up to the mic. Speaking of whiteboard – if you need material such as posters or markers, let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

So get your mojo on and submit your pitch for a chance to hold a session at ONA. If you have any questions, have a look at these answers or send them our way.

Team Uncon – Annie, Jessica E and myself.

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