Tips for Session Leaders

The Camunda Community Unconference is an open unconference-style event, with no formal speakers. Instead the sessions are discussion-oriented, creating a safe space for collaboration and creativity. We’ll use Zoom and Slack for this digital program.

The Camunda Community Unconference is a great place to practise public speaking when you don’t normally do it. We value diversity and encourage everybody to get involved. The goal is to provide a respectful and supportive environment. Thus, this event follows the guidelines provided by Camunda’s Code of Conduct.

If your session was voted in by the registrants, you should have received an email from us. So if you’re one of the session leaders, here are some tips to get started.

Planning your session

Choose a format: You know best what works for your session topic. But if you’re still pondering which format to use these three types of sessions might work well for you:

  1. A group discussion is great to discuss a new idea or a new field of work.
  2. A talk (10 min max.) is a great way to explain a framework or a recent project you did.
  3. A workshop is great for teaching a methodology or technique in a hands-on way.

Structure your session: If you can’t find a structure for your session, try this simple outline:

  1. What is the problem? Get everybody on the same page.
  2. What is the solution? Paint a picture of the future, with as much contrast as possible.
  3. What should we be doing now to reach the solution? This is your chance for a call to action.

Include your audience: Plan for sufficient discussion time in your session. We’d like to get everyone involved and it makes the unconference even more insightful for everybody when people add their own experience to the topic that you prepared.


Pitching your session​

On Tuesday, April 20th we’ll share the agenda with everyone, including your session slot. During the welcome session, you’ll have one minute to pitch your session to the audience. Tell us what it’ll be about and what we’ll learn during your session. There’s no need to advertise yourself, your services, or your product – do it for the community!

Giving your session

Prepare yourself: The best way to combat any nerves is to be prepared. If you plan to use presentation slides for your session, make sure your computer is charged and you have a backup of your presentation somewhere.

Keep the time: Every session is 45 minutes maximum, please keep an eye on this. Include enough time for discussions — this event will be most fun if everyone gets involved.

Have fun: This event should be fun, don’t forget to enjoy the moment!