June 7, 2019

Event Format

Test Craft Camp is organized as an unconference, a conference format that follows the Open Space Technology

In this format, attendees are also session contributors. Anyone who wants to initiate a topic can claim a time slot in the agenda, and the schedule is done every morning, on the spot, as we will explain later.

Once you are there, the organizers job is over. They have provided a location, food and drinks for the rest of the event, then it’s up to you as a participant to make it a great event.

We use the open space principles to organise our event. At the beginning of the conference we will go over the principles and rules to make sure everybody knows how the conference is run.

Open Space Principles

There are some simple rules for participants.

  • Whoever comes is the right people
    As a facilitator, you should welcome anyone who has decided to join your session, and not be frustrated if you expected different people. 
    As a participant, you should be ready to collaborate with anyone.
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
    As a facilitator, if you need some time to prepare, take it. Just think that people might get bored and go join another session. The best is to prepare anything in advance.
    As a participant, there is nothing wrong with joining a session in progress. But respect the people who have already started, and try to jump in quietly.
  • Wherever it is, is the right place
    You will be offered several spaces for your session. Choose the one that fits your needs as a facilitator or as a participant.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
    Be prepared to be surprised. Don’t be annoyed if you get feedback. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t work. Try again if need be.
  • When it’s over, it’s over
    As a facilitator, it’s up to you to mind your timebox. The organizers will not do it for you. Keep in mind that the participants of your session might want to go to another session after yours, and that the room might be reserved after. Feel free to continue in a different location with whoever is interested.

Law of two feet
If, during the course of the event, any person finds themselves in a session where they are neither learning nor contributing, they have the responsibility to themselves to stand up and go to some more interesting place.

Butterflies
Butterflies hang out, looking relaxed, maybe drinking tea. They don’t appear to do much and interesting discussions may emerge around them as people find them and pause to chat. They may just be involved with the most important discussions of the day.

Bumble Bees
Bumblebees fly from group to group cross-pollinating the discussions, bring new ideas, and fresh eyes to the table. They can also encourage mingling for those for whom the Law of Two Feet feels a bit rude.

Schedule

  • 8:00 AM 
    Walk in & Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM 
    Warm-ups & Getting to know each other
  • 9:15 AM 
    Marketplace – Determining our sessions
  • 10 AM 
    Interactive sessions – Round 1
    (4×40 / 2×80 minutes)
  • 12:40 PM 
    Lunch
  • 2:00 PM 
    Interactive sessions – Round 2
    (4×40 / 2×80 minutes)
  • 16:40 PM 
    Retrospective & Closing
  • 17 PM – Late
    Pizza, (Test) Games & Beers