This is the question we set out to answer in 2012 at Mozaic Works. We are a team of experienced agile-lean developers, trainers, and coaches. We wanted to design an event we too would be aching to attend and we even created a manifesto that distils our thoughts.
Inspired by events we love to attend, like SoCraTes or ALE, we created the I T.A.K.E. Unconference. We decided on a format with more traditional sessions, like talks and mini-workshops but we also added sessions where you take full advantage of the massive brainpower of your peers: Open Space, Product Development, Kata Lounge or Code with a Stranger.
The unconference grew in 6 years from 150 to almost 300 participants from more than 15 countries.
We are looking forward to welcoming 300+ people in 2020, but we don’t want to grow I T.A.K.E. much more in order to retain one characteristic our attendees hold dear: the feeling of a community of peers who learn together.