FAQ

Who attends InfoCamp?

InfoCamp welcomes anyone interested in information-related topics, from any perspective! Typical participants include:

  • professionals and practitioners from industry, academia, non-profits, government, libraries, and other sectors;
  • people seeking work
  • hobbyists
  • students

InfoCamp attracts people who work with information in a variety of disciplines, from information architecture and user experience design to library science and information management.

What is the format of this unconference?

InfoCamp features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which the agenda is created during the event — so anyone who attends can lead a session! You, the participants, design and deliver most of the sessions. You determine the topic and format of your session, pitch your session idea to the group, and sign up for a time slot. The purpose of this format is to encourage collaboration, interaction, discussion, and real-time innovation. The benefits of this format include the immediacy of the topics – the sessions didn’t have to be submitted months ahead of time – and the fun, exciting (and a bit chaotic) feeling of being part of an event that’s being led by everyone.

What topics are discussed at InfoCamp?

Since InfoCamp is an unconference, nobody knows exactly what topics will be covered until the event actually starts. You can create sessions on any topic related to information, from any perspective. If you want a topic to be covered, you start the conversation. All we ask is that you don’t use session time to sell a product or service.

Who owns InfoCamp?

You do! It’s all creative-commons licensed, and anyone is welcome to host an InfoCamp! InfoCamp was invented in Seattle in 2007, but we want to share the idea with the world and let anyone who wants to run with it do so.

Who can register as a student?

Students enrolled in any program, any major, any school, in fall 2015 may sign up for student tickets. Be ready to show your ID.

What should I bring to InfoCamp?

You might want to bring business cards, a camera, a laptop, iPad, a personal water bottle or coffee mug, etc. And of course, if you plan to lead a session, bring whatever you need for your session. This might be a laptop, a handout for participants, notes to yourself, or just an idea!
The rooms have screens, projectors (bring your mac dongle!), and most have whiteboards.

What time does InfoCamp start and end each day?

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday in Mary Gates Hall.  You’ll receive a detailed schedule when you check in.

Where do I go the morning of InfoCamp?

Registration will be held in Mary Gates Hall on the 1st floor(aka Mary Gates Commons).  Find Mary Gates Hall on the Campus Map: http://www.washington.edu/maps/?l=MGH

Will there be wireless internet access during the weekend?

Yes. Each participant will be given wi-fi info when you check in at registration.

I’m driving, where do I park and do I have to pay to park?

Parking will be $10.00 at the Central Plaza Garage (the closest lot to Kane Hall). The price for parking on the rest of campus is $5.00 on Saturdays. Pay at the gatehouse located just inside the Central Plaza Garage through Gate 1. After 12 noon Saturday and all day Sunday parking is free on campus. A little side note – UWPD does manage the campus on those days and can issue citations to individuals who are parked incorrectly for example – a non disability vehicle parked in a disability space, or vehicles that are parked in restricted lots or areas that are not designated parking spaces. Commuter Services Operations at UW has been notified that our event is taking place and you should be directed to park with minimal confusion.  See more parking and commuter details here.

How should I tag things related to InfoCamp Seattle?

The twitter hashtag is #infocampSEA.  You can also follow us on Twitter@infocampSEA and Facebook.

For Flickr and other sites that don’t use the keyword or tag is infocampseattle.

More questions?  Email us at seattle@infocamp.org