What is an Open Conference

What is an Open Conference

The POCamp conference is organized by using the Open Conference formula, this is a format quite interesting that fits very well with Agile. 

Unlike a conventional conference, which comprises a step of design and preparation of the content for the various talks (for example, through the classic call for papers), an Open Conference is just a container and then the logistical aspects of the conference (from location to the layout of the various rooms).

A daily program

The content of the conference are decided by the participants who register at the POCamp by specifying exactly what to expect by attending the event or how they plan to contribute to the various threads (for example, by giving examples, use cases, direct experience in the field and more …).

An open conference is therefore based on a very simple and clear format: each participant can attend to what he believes is the most interesting event, to enter or exit from the talk (and to bring in other groups as heard elsewhere – something called cross pollination – this is useful to do not waste time in discussions in which he is less interest).

As the proposals are submitted, the board takes shape coming to become the day’s program.


The law of two feet

The open conference rules are summarized according to what is called the “Law of Two Feet”, whose rules and principles are represented in a very explicit way by the following pictures:

Principle 1

whoever comes is the right people

Principle 2

whenever it starts is the right time

Principle 3

whatever happens is the only thing that could have

Principle 4

when it’s over, it’s over