CommsCamp in real life has been a LONG time coming … we’re really looking forward to seeing you all again and just being in a good space with great people. If you’ve got a ticket for CommsCamp, there are a few reminders before you come along. If you can no longer make it, please let us know as we have a waitlist of people still wanting to come.
So if you are coming, here are five things to remember before we see you on October 13th (or the 12th, if you’re coming to our beer and curry social):
There’s going to be cake, but there’s only going to be cake if you bring some. But you don’t have to bake – although if you do, you could win prizes – you can just bring a cake you bought from a shop (although don’t try and pass it off as your own … WE WILL KNOW). Pieces of cakes are then ‘sold’ for donations to our charity this year, and you also get a raffle ticket to win marvellous prizes* so please bring cash with you. We don’t have a fancy card machine! Read more on Kate Bentham’s cake blog.
Our charity this year is the Bradford Central food bank. We will have a donations table at CommscampNorth and will welcome all contributions of non-perishable food and household products, whether large or small. Popular items include tinned puddings, UHT milk, jam, tinned tomatoes, pulses, tea, coffee, loo paper and more. Read more on Josephine Graham’s blog post.
Have a think about pitch ideas
The beauty of an unconference is there is no agenda – you get to decide on the day what you want to cover. And this means you pitch the ideas you want for sessions. Pitching is easy, so don’t be daunted by it … and it always brings up some brilliant session topics.
What makes a session topic? This could be a problem you’d like to collaborate on, something they did well or an issue coming down the line. Have a look at our Facebook group to pitch an idea and join the debate.
Once we have a nice big list of session ideas we’ll share them into timeslots across the day in the six break-out areas. Each session lasts 45-minutes. Overall, there will be more than 30 slots.
So have a think in advance of something (or things) you’d like to pitch.
Don’t forget your train ticket .. and if you’re driving, you should know that Bradford is a clean air zone, so you’ll need to pay to come into the city. If you’re coming to CommsCampNorth by train, we’ll have a walking train from the station so you don’t get lost … it leaves at 9.10am. Read more about transport, parking and travel on Bridget Aherne’s blog post.
Finally, if you’re coming to our social curry the night before, please note that – like many restaurants in Bradford – it doesn’t have a drinks licence, so it’s a BYO. There is a supermarket very near, so you can stock up there. Read more on David Grindlay’s curry blog.
*Brilliant stuff we’ve found in charity shops or on eBay