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Contact won't have speakers or panels in the traditional sense. Participants will convene meetings and share demos. For more on how that works, go here.
To reserve a spot to demo your ideas or peddle your wares, fill out this form.
To convene a meeting, return here in mid-May to claim a place and time, or join the Contact Forum now and present your topic to the group.
Here's the day's schedule.
Registration, coffee, treats, socializing.
9:00-10:30 Welcome and Featured Participant Presentations
In the morning, we'll assemble and hear about a dozen short "provocations" from some of our featured participants. These are intended to spur our thinking, teach us the latest concepts in net development - from gamification to alternative currency - and share the biggest challenges facing the net development community.
10:30-10:45 15-minute break
10:45-11:15 Town Hall - sessions announced and convened
Douglas Rushkoff will set the agenda, and facilitate the scheduling of sessions that participants wish to convene during specific times throughout the day. There will be three time slots for these meetings (11am, 2:30pm, and 3:15pm), with up to twenty sessions occurring simultaneously.
The resulting schedule look something like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/506378526/
Participants are free to move from session to session. Each session will assign a moderator and a reporter. After a meeting is over the reporter will post a paragraph summary of the session's findings to an online BBS, so that we can reference and share our insights with each other.
11:15-12 First sesssions
12 - 2p The Bazaar and Lunch
Midday, we will break for two hours to have lunch and experience the Bazaar - at the same time. The entire space will become a marketplace of demo stations and food carts. Participants, companies, and organizations who have signed up for table space in advance can now conduct demos, peddle their wares, and seek customers, collaborators, advisers, or even investors.
Bazaar demos may also be entered in the Innovation Awards. Judges, picked from among the featured participants, will observe the demos and ask questions.
After lunch, we will make additions and changes to our schedule and then continue with our convened meetings.
2:00 - 2:30 TOWN HALL - progress reports, schedule additions & adjustments
2:30-3:15p Second meetings
3:15-4:00p Third meetings
4:15p-5:15p TOWN HALL - Selection of "most actionable" ideas
After the third meetings slot and an afternoon break, we will again come together as a group, review some of the ideas and initiatives to emerge from our meetings, and then vote on the three or four that we really want to see move forward in some fashion. Then we'll convene one more meeting slot to develop next steps for realizing these ideas.
Additionally, all topics reported will remain on the BBS so that participants - and the greater Contact community - can keep the conversation going. (The BBS can also be printed out by those who want tangible "takeaways" for themselves or their co-workers at home.)
5:15p-5:45p Followup meetings on those selections
5:45-7p The Bazaar - Closing Party
At the end of the day, we'll wrap up with the Bazaar Party. Demonstrations can continue, along with drinks, music and "edge" entertainment, and the announcement of the winners of the three $10,000 Contact Awards.
Around the world on the same day, those who share in our goals will be convening their own Contact Meetups. They will have access to the Contact BBS to report on their own meetings, and will be able to watch video of our provocations (as well as a few special videos we're making just for them).
Contact will also be documented by a video crew, and edited into several lengths and formats for participants to use. Following Contact, participants will also be free to continue and expand their conversations and collaborations using the BBS.