What is the Unconference?

Now in its sixth year, the Unconference is a participant-driven event that provides a venue for discussion of topics of mutual interest to those in attendance. Attendees are presented with topics and will decide at that time, through popular vote, which ideas or proposals will be further explored. Keep in mind, these topics of mutual interest do not necessarily have to be tech-oriented or even tech-related (i.e., we’ve had topics on Lean Six Sigma and business processes in the past).

The topic and moderator list will get posted on this Unconference page with regular updates.

What are some example topics covered at the Unconference?

Past Unconference topics included: IT governance, professional development for IT staff, advanced O365, user experience design, web accessibility and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), building a remote work capability and cautionary tales in energy efficiency (LED lighting and unexpected wireless issues).

Who is the Unconference audience?

The audience will be all conference attendees, including management and non-management staff and faculty as well as technical and non-technical people.

What is new this year?

This year’s Unconference will introduce “five-minute pitch” slots during which participants can bring forward an idea, even if not completely developed.

Call for topics and moderators

We are currently soliciting topics of interest for Unconference sessions ahead of time to facilitate planning.

We’re also looking for facilitators for the sessions – remember that you don’t need to be a subject matter expert and that sometimes the best sessions come out of questions the facilitator might ask. The updated set of topics will be posted on this web page.

Proposed topics

Coming soon

Contact us

If you have Unconference-related questions, please email:

Pete St. Onge
Senior Identity and Access Management Architect
Information Technology Services, University of Toronto
at: pete.stonge@utoronto.ca.