Calling all campers: Opengov ideas needed for TCamp14

The wall of TransparencyCamp, a projected schedule with boxes of session topics.
The Wall at TransparencyCamp. Photo credit: Ernesto Belisario

What issues, topics and ideas will be discussed at TransparencyCamp this year? You decide!

As an “unconference,” TCamp is truly fueled by the people; it emphasizes the contributions that each and every attendee brings with them into the sessions, workshops and conversations that are a part of this event. In fact, attendees (yes, all of them) set the schedule for the conference — also known as “the wall” — and are encouraged to step up and lead sessions themselves.

That’s where you come in, future campers: We’ve opened up the 2014 Session Brainstorming page and are taking suggestions now! This is your space to suggest sessions — that you either want to lead or see others take on — and to vote for your favorites. The top vote-getting proposals will be guaranteed a slot at TCamp. Proposing and voting for sessions is open until Monday, May 26th.

Once you think of a session idea, give it a clear name and a concise description that lays out what you want to accomplish. Remember to encourage discussion and to think of creative ways to convey your message. If you need some inspiration forging new ideas, take a look at some of the sessions already proposed on the brainstorming page:

Although we do most of the concrete schedule-building on the first day of TCamp, we like to open up a forum for people to start discussing their ideas and thinking about sessions in advance. You don’t have to submit an idea to our brainstorming forum to lead or submit an idea for a session at TCamp, but doing so can be a great way to have your voice be heard and link up with campers interested in similar sessions in advance.

If you’re up for it, start submitting your session ideas today! Or, you can simply vote on the proposed sessions you would most like to see this year. Remember, the brainstorming period ends on May 26th.

We can’t wait to see you and your ideas at TCamp soon!