After a day of decompressing from Internet Identity Workshop, I've had a few random thoughts that I thought I'd record. I was very pleased with how things turned out, that participation, the venue, the food, everything. Here are some specific things:
- First, Kaliya (aka Identity Woman) did an amazing job of putting the program together. She does this professionally, so if you're running a workshop that you'd like to do in a "unconference" format--she's someone you have to hire to do it for you. You won't be sorry.
- The Computer History Museum was a great venue for this sort of workshop and served our purposes perfectly. I highly recommend it.
- Steve Williams did a great job with the audio. We have some MP3's of the open and closing session for day 2 and day 3. We unfortunately we're set up to capture audio on the first day--my fault for not thinking about it ahead of time.
- The Hotel Avante was one of the best hotel stays I've had in a long time. Kudos to them. I'll stay there again next time I'm in the area.
I put up a piece at Between the Lines on the value of the unconference format. I have to admit that when Kaliya suggested it before last October's IIW, I was skeptical. I've been converted. Read the entire BTL piece for my thoughts on that.
We're planning two more events in 2006. The first will be a half day intro to Internet identity in conjunction with Digital ID World in September. I'd like to do a parallel series of session with some structured sessions for people new to the space and open format sessions for veterans who need to talk. The second will be another workshop like the one we just did. We're toying with the idea of doing on the East coast in November, but nothing's been cast in stone yet. If you have opinions, let me know.